Derrick Rose (wrist) and Luol Deng (calf) are
both out for Friday's game against the Cavs.
This will the fourth straight game that Rose
has missed since he ran into the brick wall known as Dwight Howard. The
injury may be more serious than the Bulls are letting on because they
are quickly slipping out of the playoff race with Rose watching. There's
no timetable for Rose's return, with Jannero Pargo and Acie law
splitting minutes at the point.
While they don't specifically list Noah, I'm sure we're all aware that he won't be playing. Could Rose's injury be worse than the team is letting on? I suppose it's a possibility. If he was 100% then he'd obviously be playing even if the odds of us winning were near 0.
So clearly Rose isn't 100%. How close is he? I don't know. If it was a game we had a reasonable chance to win would Rose suit up? We'll find out against the 76ers. I think if he misses that game then it shows that things are worse than management is letting on.
Times like this make you wonder about the relationship the Bulls medical staff has with the PR department. The Bulls seem to frequently have players whose injuries are far more significant than they first appear (Deng in consecutive years, Rose now, Rose earlier with the ankle, Noah now, etc.. ).
Is management purposefully underselling injuries to help move tickets, is the medical staff consistently under-diagnosing injuries, or have the Bulls really had a series of fluke injuries that ended up being worse than anyone could guess at the time of initial diagnosis?