Bulls point guard Derrick Rose day-to-day with sore hamstring

Nov 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) talks with point guard Derrick Rose (1) on the bench during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center. The Bulls won 96-81. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

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:

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.

Topics: Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, Toronto Raptors

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