Derrick Rose injured in win against Pacers

Derrick Rose injured in win against Pacers

Just in case you'd forgotten about the fragility of Derrick Rose, the basketball gods had a timely reminder for us all.

En route to his best and most efficient performance of the season, scoring 23 points on 9-18 shooting (including 2-2 from three), the hapless point guard would roll his ankle in the fourth quarter of the Bulls 96-95 win against the Indiana Pacers on Monday.

Already impaired and dealing with the constraints of double vision, the toiling Rose hadn't performed well through the opening nine games of the regular season. Averaging a meager 12.6 points per game on 35.9 percent shooting, Rose was content in taking a backseat to Jimmy Butler amid his period of struggle.

Yeah, trying to get him to shoot more, man, especially with what I’m dealing with. Certain games, I’m going to have it. Other games, I’m not. I know it’s part of the process.

Those comments are encouraging on many levels, but they also add to the disappointment we all suffer when watching Rose leave yet another game through injury.

Against old division rivals, Indiana Pacers, this was certainly a game where Rose "had it". Suffering his own injury issues, George Hill would not suit up against the Bulls, allowing Rose to be guarded by the defensively inferior, Monta Ellis. With the Pacers already lacking in rim protection, Rose would have a favorable match up, one he would take advantage of.

Dominant early, the Bulls guard would live in the driving lanes, connecting on six of his nine field goals from 16 feet or within. Scoring came with ease, as did the assists. Racking up 6 dimes (and 0 turnovers) in 33 minutes, Rose's floor game looked as good as it had all season.

Looking promising and trending towards stability, as they've done to him countless times before, injuries would strike Derrick Rose.

On a baseline drive, the left ankle of the guard would roll slightly as he lunged into his driving steps. Though not severe, the sprain was significant enough to send Rose to the locker room, and rightfully so, he wouldn't return to the game.

With Rose done for the night, despite their best efforts in allowing the Pacers to steal a game they hadn't led at any point, the Bulls would hang onto the win, taking their season record to 7-3.

Jimmy Butler would save the Bulls with a last second block on Paul George. Typically, you would expect this highlight play to dominate post game discussion, however, with Rose limping, attention quickly turned to the severity of his ankle sprain.

It remains to be seen if Derrick Rose will miss any games, but thankfully, it doesn't appear to be much of an issue.


Any and all afflictions Derrick Rose suffers going forward, will bring with them worrisome chatter about the likelihood of the fallen star ever finding his previously elite self. We will all wonder if the over-reliance on Rose is a sustainable model for success, or if it's more likely to lead to continued disappointment.

Correctly, too, with very grimace and slow-to-get-up movements, existing questions and concerns pertaining to the Bulls lack of depth at the point guard position, will only been heightened.

Aaron Brooks received his first DNP of the season against the Pacers and may find himself out of the rotation. Kirk Hinrich has returned from his own injury concerns, and much to the dismay of many, Fred Hoiberg has played the aging Captain as his first guard off the bench. E'Twaun Moore, though receiving substantially more playing time under Hoiberg, has yet to establish a clear and defined role on this team, even if he does deserve more minutes.

Set to begin a four game road trip, with their next two games being against the in-rhythm Phoenix Suns and unbeaten Golden State Warriors, Rose will need to be fine if the Chicago expect to continue their positive start to the season.

Should he miss time, the Bulls' alternative solution for Derrick Rose, put simply, is a horrid one. Eric Bledsoe, in an impressive 10 game stretch, has averages of 23.2 points on 49.7 percent shooting, 6.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds, along with his stellar defense. I've also heard Stephen Curry is pretty decent, too.

For Derrick Rose and fans all over, here's to hoping this latest issue is only a minor one with little repercussions, and not the start of something more sinister.

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  • The Bulls 7th or 8th best player rolled an ankle and might miss a game or 2. Yawn. Don't make this bigger than it is.

  • In reply to Roman F:

    Even if that's true(7-8th best player), it still looks like the Bulls simply cannot win regularly without him. Moore/Hangdog/Brooks isn't going to cut it. Defenses still react to Rose's drives which do create some open shots for others(in particular, Gasol) even if Rose's passes usually suck.

  • Last night was the perfect example of the Niko problem. The Pacers played a small ball lineup and purposely forced Niko into guarding Miles(a wing playing PF) by attacking him every chance they had. The instant that Hoiberg replaced Niko with Taj, Vogel responded by replacing Miles with a second bigman, Allen or Hill. It really is that simple to make Niko virtually useless, just go small ball on him and attack him with PNR, he simply isn't athletic enough to play against anybody but a traditional PF, not unlike McNoD, who may not be athletic enough to play against anybody but Hangdog.

    Maybe Niko's best role/future is to be a 6th man, instant offense type off the bench, who knows. I'd still like to see what would happen if he started with Noah, maybe it works, maybe it doesn't, but we should at least try it to see what happens. We really need to know what Niko is going forward into next season and beyond with all the changes coming to our frontcourt over the next 2 years.

    I do have a question about the "fairness" of the Bulls starting lineup.

    Why haven't the Black Lives Matter crowd(especially those pampered little baby lunatics at the UofM) been protesting the Bulls starting lineup which totally reeks of white privilege. You have a white coach starting 2 white guys(Gasol and Niko) over 2 black guys(Noah and Gibson, well maybe 1.5 blacks guys if you accurately account for Noah) both of whom have seniority(union rules) over the 2 white guys. It is especially galling because the 2 white guys are actually Europeans which is even worse than being descendants of Europeans on the make believe racial grievance scale. Maybe they afraid(sic) that they can't find/establish a "safe zone"(apparently defined as free of white people) on the west side of Chicago, which is clearly not a safe zone for innocent 9 year old kids.

    Seriously, at least in Gasol's case it does seem that he is still getting "entitlement" minutes as both a starter and a finisher regardless of what's in the team's best interest. Taj appears to be getting more minutes as his play seems to be improving over the past couple of games, while Niko's is disappearing. Taj has looked more active, defensively and on the boards, so maybe his lackluster play of last season was more injury related than we were lead to believe. Fingers crossed that this trend continues.

  • This team is 7-3. It could easily be 5-5, but it could also be 9-1.

    How is that possible, I wonder, since every single player seems to have multiple issues?

  • In reply to rustyw:

    Downright comical, isn't it?

    This team is now the #1 seed in the East, quite a feat considering they are playing for a new coach who has never coached in the NBA before.

    If people didn't know better, they'd swear the Bulls are 3-8 from reading the comments here. Instead, they are on pace to win 60 games.

    The Mayor must be the greatest coach in NBA history to have this team full of players who ALL have multiple flaws (except for Jimmy) at the top of the East.

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    I think the negativity -- besides being basically constant from Chicago fans about most of their teams -- is because we're looking for a championship team, not just a good team that makes the playoffs. While the Bulls have won a lot of games, I don't know how anyone could look at this team and see a championship, not now or in the near future.

    It's amazing to me that this team of mismatched parts and one-way players has won as many games as it has.

  • In reply to Roman F:

    LOL, you just made my point. This team is 8-3, 4th best record in the league, yet they are called a "team of mismatched parts and one-way players".

    WHY? Why do Bulls fans think so little of the team's players?

    Luol Deng wasn't a "real" All-Star, Noah had "no business being 1st-Team All-NBA", I just don't understand why Bulls fans always think the grass is always greener on the other side.

    I still read RealGM a couple times a week for laughs, there's a thread there right now titled something like "the Bulls have the worst PG situation in the NBA". REALLY?

    Why do people just ignore every national "expert"? Last night, I heard Mark Jackson point out that "the Bulls are lucky to have two veterans like Hinrich and Brooks to fill in when Rose is out".

    Van Gundy's a good example, when he's ripping on the organization for their handling of Thibs, he's a genius. When he's complimenting Kirk on being a "wise veteran (or whatever)", he's an idiot.

    Bill Parcells always said "you are what your record says you are". EVERY NBA pundit thinks the Bulls are a damn fine team, most of them think 2nd best in the East only behind LeBron.

    But fans think they'll be lucky to win 50 games.

    I don't want to say "Bulls fans are stupid and know very little about the game", but sometimes you read stuff that makes you think that's the only possible explanation.

  • A great post by "The Hungarian Jordan" at BAB, this guy is one of the better Bulls posters out there.

    "In evaluating the Bulls team defense, it's as simple as watching"

    Gee, where have I heard that before?

    Especially like the part about guys who play BG7 defense, i.e. never bothering to block out their man, standing flat footed in concrete while losing all awareness of their man and allowing him to freely get to the rim for an offensive rebound and usually an easy putback, with Derrick Rose being a Gordon clone most of the time.

    An interesting note about the Bozohole ranking 5th in defensive win shares in 2012, certainly illustrating the limitations of many of today's advanced stats that many fans blindly follow as if they definitively prove something.

    He also somewhat addresses one of my biggest peeves with the Thibs defensive system, over helping on the weakside defense by dropping into the lane and leaving a 3 point shooter wide open on the weak side of the court without being able to recover when the ball is rotated to that side of the court.

    Some very nice analysis for a civilian.

  • Want an argument that the plus/minus statistic is basically worthless?

    Tony Snell had 0 points, 1 rebound, and 3 turnovers yet had a plus 9 (led the team).

    Jimmy had 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 TO and had a plus 4.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    Are you arguing that plus/minus is basically worthless, or that Tony Snell is basically worthless? I agree with both! :-)

  • In reply to Roman F:

    Tony Snell is useless.

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