The Bulls released a statement Monday evening that there were no
significant findings in the MRI, and Rose's playing status would be
"He was sore [Monday]," Bulls coach Vinny
Del Negro said of Rose. "He jammed it on Shaq's foot. He was limping a
little bit today, so hopefully he'll be better and see how he feels."
Deng missed 11 straight games near the end of the season because of calf trouble.
knee and calf are a little bit sore today. It's that time of the year,"
Del Negro said. "Things are going to happen. You just got to get the
guys out there that are healthy.
"Obviously, we need
both those guys to play at a high level. I think they'll both be fine
and ready to play. But who's 100 percent at this time of the year? Not
For some reason the phrase "no significant findings" bothers me. Especially given that the Bulls found no significant findings in Deng's leg with a stress fracture last season. I'm sure both Deng and Rose push through whatever they have going on for this final game.
They both strike me as the types of guys who would do that, I know people say Deng is soft and won't play through injuries blah blah blah, but it seems to me that while he's injury prone, he's also the type of guy who tries to play through them until he just can't. He played through the stress fracture for awhile last season before finally admitting he couldn't go, then he clearly came back while still hurt for the stretch run and playoffs this year.
As much as people rag on Deng, he's still infinitely better than our other options at SF right now.
Paranoia aside, it's obviously good news if Derrick can play. Without Rose playing at a high level the Bulls have virtually no chance to even compete in the game let alone win it. How healthy are these guys? Probably not very. They're probably both baned up and suffering, but I expect they'll go out there and give it their all.
It probably won't be enough.