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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will miss Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers and sit out his second straight game with a hamstring injury.
Rose sustained the strain in last Thursday’s win over the Toronto Raptors as he slipped and fell in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.
The 26-year-old opted to sit out the loss against the Indiana Pacers on the weekend, and he doesn’t believe that his hamstring has healed sufficiently in order to take to the court on Monday.
“[It’s] getting better every day, still taking my time,” Rose said after Monday’s shootaround. “[The hamstring] is just calming down. It’s not as sore, just really trying to listen to my body again and get the most out of every day.”
Monday’s game against the Clippers will be Rose’s sixth missed game of the season already after he sat out four games a fortnight ago with sprained ankles.
However, the former league MVP insists that he will continue to be careful with his body and he is fully aware of how dangerous hamstring injuries can be considering his previous back-to-back knee surgeries.
“For sure,” Rose said. “Especially when you have knee problems, or knee injuries. The hamstrings are huge in the process of coming back. You need them, they control everything, as far as decelerating, so I guess you need them a lot, especially with the way that I play.”
While Rose’s health is of paramount of importance to both himself and the team moving forward, his absence will undoubtedly only give further fire to his critics after he received a backlash for his comments last week.