Derrick Rose is expected to be re-evaluated today after suffering “cramps in his hamstrings” during the Chicago Bulls 100-93 Thursday night road win over Toronto.
“I think its minor, Rose told ESPN. “They decided to pull me out.” Coach Tom Thibodeau later told reporters Rose told him he was fine and believed he had only suffered a tweak.
The 26-year-old former league MVP is attempting to bounce back from back-to-back season-ending knee injuries. He has already missed four games this season with a pair of sprained ankles.
“I don’t think it’s that serious,” Rose added of his hamstring. The All-Star guard even held out hope he might be able to practice on Friday. “Just ice it, stim, see if I can practice and give it a go Saturday.”
In all, Rose played 30 minutes against the Raptors, finishing the night with 20 points, four assists and three rebounds. He claimed he didn’t know how he suffered the injury.
“I don’t know, man,” he said. “Just missing two years, now you’re just going to fall for no reason I guess, man. Just trying to work every day, put in consistent work every day. And don’t lose any confidence with these setbacks.”
Rose has come under heavy criticism in recent days after admitting he was thinking about his future when it comes to deciding how many games he might play in this season.
“We’re a group that’s gone through a lot,” Joakim Noah said in defense of his teammate. “Just looking at the situation as a teammate is just frustrating because I feel like sometimes he’s portrayed as something that he’s not. You don’t come back from the injuries that he’s coming back from without an unbelievable commitment. I know how much cares about this game.”[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]
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