Despite his return last Sunday from the lingering groin injury, Derrick Rose now suffers from a “sprained” right ankle. This superstar cannot catch a break from all the injuries!
The most recent ankle injury occurred in the second quarter of the overtime loss to the New York Knicks last Sunday.
Here’s how it went down in Rose’s words during a press conference at the Berto Center this morning:
“I think I was driving and twisted my ankle, and you know how I am. If it’s a close game or a game I want to get, I‘m going to continue to play and that ended up making it worse. Just an ankle sprain and hopefully I’ll be over it in a couple of days. The only thing I can do is try to stay positive. God does everything for a reason. I don’t know the reason right now. Just trying to fight through it and just trying to cheer on my teammates,” he said after the team’s Tuesday-morning shootaround, prior to the evening’s rematch with New York at the United Center. “It was something I knew was big. In the fourth quarter, that’s why I was walking the ball up the majority of the time. I wasn’t running because of the throbbing, but I was just trying to win the game and it definitely hurts losing the game and definitely if I have to sit out this game. If I do choose to play or choose not to play, it’s definitely going to hurt. That game right there hurt a lot.”
Rose is yet again a “game time decision” for tonight’s rematch against the Knicks. He reported that his ankle is still swollen and he is going to keep treating it. The MVP has to be healthy to play, we wouldn’t want him playing and possibly worsening his right ankle. All wins are important, but having Rose explosive come playoff time is essential.
Rose is well aware of his injury woes and how they’re effecting the overall chemistry of the starting lineup, he told CSNChicago.com:
“It’s huge, especially right now. We have to catch a rhythm. I’ve been out the majority of the year with all these injuries. A couple other players have been out a little bit, but if anything, we’re happy that we’ve been together,” he explained. “This is basically the same team from last year. We know everybody’s tendencies on the team. We know how to play with one another, but it’s going to take a little time for us to jell.”
There was some good news! Rose mentioned that his groin injury is behind him and Sunday’s game did not effect the previously strained muscle. One day at a time, I guess.