First and foremost, Derrick Rose had an MRI on his ankle which was negative. He's listed as day to day, but Fred Tedeschi said the swelling wasn't bad.
"Hopefully, he'll be ready (Tuesday)," Thibodeau said. "When we ask him,
he says he's fine. (Athletic trainer) Fred (Tedeschi) said (Rose) has a
little soreness, but he said the swelling isn't bad."
I think we all know that it'd take something awfully severe for Rose to miss the game and since he played over 32 minutes after spraining the ankle (albeit without his normal explosiveness), it'd be shocking if he missed Tuesday's game.
Unfortunately, what would not be shocking is if he struggled to play his game.
Derrick's an extraordinarily explosive athlete, and while he's become a better jump shooter, the majority of the threat he represents comes with his ability to take opponents off the dribble even when there are double or triple teams.
If Rose plays at 90% of his explosiveness, it causes a larger drop in his game than it might another player at this stage of his career. That said, despite four close games, this is still the Indiana Pacers, the Bulls should beat them whether Rose is 100% or not, and he'll have plenty of time to rest up before game two if they do that.
The Pacers have played dirty all series
Whether you consider that playoff basketball or not, who knows. It certainly isn't something the league typically condones, but in this series, the refs seem to have been allowing the Pacers to do whatever they feel like physically. They've come out with an intent to harm in my opinion, and the league should take stronger action against them.
There have probably been at least two other flagrant fouls that should have been whistled on the Pacers besides the two that actually were. Plays where they simply aren't making any play on the ball, but just trying to grab someone and throw them down.
However, how about this one, it's not eve in a basketball play but a dead ball situation.
You've got Josh McRoberts throwing a forearm/elbow into the face of Derrick Rose on a deadball and making contact. At a minimum this should have been a technical. If the contact was deemed excessive it should have been an ejection.
I haven't heard anything about the league reviewing this yet, but it seems crazy that after the Pacers last two flagrant foul upgrades, that they're still doing crap like this without getting caught in the game. I would have thought after the last two upgrades in flagrants that a point of emphasis might have been on the Pacers not roughing up the Bulls, but the game was called the exact opposite way and this wasn't even seen.
Before someone runs in with the "this is playoff basketball" theory, let me say that it's not playoff basketball to hit guys with your forearm in deadball situations. It's not even basketball, it's a deadball situation. The league instituted automatic suspensions for anyone throwing a punch to clean this stuff up.
There's a difference between hard fouls and diry play, and the Pacers have deliberately and repeatedly crossed that line without repercussions from the league which is quite disappointing.