So the Bulls blew a 21 point lead and lost to the Portland Trailblazers, marking the second game in a row they came out and stunk up the second half to drop a game on the western conference road trip. That might have been panic worthy except Derrick Rose looked to severely injure his right knee in the second half. It doesn't look good.
You can get a slow mo look at the injury here.
The MRI is scheduled for later today. When the results are released I'm sure it will hit twitter from every beat writer there is within five minutes. We'll know what happened soon enough. It's probably not worth speculating at this point, but non contact knee injuries are rarely good.
Possibly an MCL, possibly a knee sprain, possibly the right ACL, but hopefully something less severe. It's worth noting perhaps that his reaction to the injury didn't seem nearly as dramatic as his left ACL tear.
He certainly wasn't in nearly as much pain as when he tore his left ACL. That said, it wasn't pretty, and after spending some time on the bench he didn't put any weight on it when he was eventually taken back to the locker room.
Some feel he was putting a towel over his head to hide the tears while sitting on the bench which if accurate means that he was either in a lot of pain physically or emotionally because he heard something pop and knew.
Perhaps the good news is the knee didn't appear to buckle to the side [which I think you'd expect for an ACL tear] but buckled forward. That might not mean anything, but it was just something I noticed when watching the replay. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, because that's about as positive a spin as I can put on this right now.
We clearly all fear the right ACL was torn, there's that feeling in the pit of my stomach that this is exactly what happened, but I'll probably spend the next few hours in denial hoping to be wrong.
There will be plenty of time to debate the future of the team if this becomes a second major injury for Rose, so I won't go into much depth now. Hell, I'll probably write a hundred articles on the subject if things look really bad, but let's just say if things fall on the worse side then the Bulls need to look at completely retooling the roster rather than sitting tight and hoping it all works out later.
Until we find out the details, there's little to do but wait and hope.