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Bulls PG Derrick Rose out vs. Cavs

Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:12 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 6:09 pm
Derrick Rose is still battling a turf toe injury. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore and Ben Golliver

Update: Chicago Bulls All-Star point guard Derrick Rose has been ruled out for Friday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to the Plain-Dealer.

Original Post: Derrick Rose is once again a gametime decision Friday night vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose has been battling turf toe for weeks, and in an interview with the Chicago Tribune, revealed the extent of the injury and how uncertain he is for the short-term of when he'll be back. 
Rose, for the first time, admitted the injury is worse than the turf toe that bothered him during his second season, which didnt cause him to miss any games. He also said he cant bend the toe. And also for the first time, Rose said he has "a little regret" for averaging 40 minutes in back-to-back games against Boston and Toronto last weekend.

Rose originally suffered the injury on Jan. 10 in Minnesota when Anthony Tolliver drove his foot into the ground during a scramble for a loose ball. He sat the next night, then played the next two games before sitting for good.

"Knowing that right when it starts feeling good it can go right back to zero, I have to make the smart decision," Rose said. "I wasn't able to bend my toe in like three years. When this injury happened, I aggravated it and I played on it sooner. It was real bad.

"Injuries are going to happen. Thats why I always get treatment. This is worse than my second season. That season, I just played through it but it wasn't that bad. Not being able to bend my toe in three years and somebody just forced their weight on my toe, it definitely hurt it."
via Rose admits toe worse than 2nd season injury -

How many of you winced just reading that? Yeah, me too. 

The fact that Rose is trying to play on it at all, that he has played on it, and well, speaks a lot to his dedication to his performance and the Bulls. But the Bulls have lofty goals this season, namely advancing to the Finals after falling one round short, and the only way they can do that is if Rose is in a position to give them what he can provide at full strength. 

Rose struggled in last year's playoffs due to wearin down. He sustained an ankle injury against Indiana in the first round, and those things just don't heal easily. He took such a pounding due to the load he was carrying that when he matched up against LeBron James, he had nothing left. The Bulls have to be very cautious. As long as they're winning, there's no reason to rush Rose back. Better to get him back at as high a percentage as they can and continue to rest him periodically than punish his body before the real season, the playoffs, begin. 

K.C. Johnson of the Tribune says he would be "shocked" if Rose plays Friday night vs. the Cavs.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:57 pm

Rose a gametime decision vs. Cavs

The Bulls bench could get them to the playoffs. They need to rest Rose until he's 100%, then march through the playoffs.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:09 pm

Rose a gametime decision vs. Cavs

Waht a blow to the Bulls but they don't need him to beat the Cavs. Let him rest another week and then go from there. The bulls need some real depth. they better get a real two guard and one that will stay healthy and Rip is a very good option but at this stage of his career can he really stay healthy! Deng is another player for the bulls playing monster minutes and he needs to get some rest as well. The bulls will be fine to make it the east finals but they won't be the Heat! No way no how unless they get a solid two guard that will be there through the long haul and one that can quard D-wade. Rip can't quard wade but if he can stay healthy he will be a good option for them.

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:00 pm

Rose a gametime decision vs. Cavs

The Bulls should shut him down for a couple of weeks. Have him put a boot on it, if that helps, whatever is best for the toe. But, he needs to get it out of his head that the team needs him and that he needs to compete at this time. If the Bulls slip back to a four or five seed, they'll be fine - as long as they are healthy in May. Rose is too much of a competitor to even give him an option to try to get back on the floor any time soon - at least anytime before he is truly 100% healed.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 3:36 pm

Rose a gametime decision vs. Cavs

Who is Ros? 

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