During the Chicago Bulls‘ 96-81 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, star point guard Derrick Rose came up limping with what appeared to be a leg injury during the 4th quarter. Now, the Bulls organization has provided a bit of clarity on the situation:
Per #Bulls PR, Derrick Rose is listed as day-to-day with a sore right hamstring.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 12, 2013
If the Bulls are being entirely truthful (not a given, by the way), then this report seems to be a “nothing to see here” moment. The words “day to day” and “sore” are used in the same sentence, and those are certainly better descriptors (if you’re a Bulls fan) than “indefinitely”, “torn” or “strained”. Presumably, the injury would threaten Rose’s on-court status for Friday night’s game against the Raptors, but it is certainly fortunate for Chicago that they do not have a mid-week game on the slate.
This season, Rose hasn’t been quite himself, averaging just 14.7 points and 4.5 assists per game (with a ghastly 6.8 PER) in 31.5 minutes per contest. The PER woes are directly tied to his woeful shooting percentages (33% FG, 25% 3-PT), but the 25-year-old point guard has definitely looked rusty, and that could be a contributor to this type of soft tissue injury.
Stay tuned for reports as they surface, but I wouldn’t be (at all) surprised to see Rose in street clothes on Friday night.