Derrick Rose Injury: Updates on Bulls Star’s Illness and Return

Derrick Rose can now add “illness” to the list of things that have forced him to sit games this season.

The Chicago Bulls point guard is battling an illness and will be out against the New York Knicks on Thursday night, according to ESPNChicago.com’s Nick Friedell:

Rose’s history of missing games is well known by now. From 2011-12 through 2013-14, the former NBA MVP missed a total of 181 regular-season games.

Early in the 2014-15 NBA season, Rose sprained his left ankle in an eventual 114-108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then came a hamstring injury in a Nov. 13 game against the Toronto Raptors. Neither of the two ailments was serious, but they both served as warnings for how quickly things can turn sour for the 26-year-old.

Having spent so much time off the court due to his inability to stay healthy, Rose has earned the label of “being soft.” He hit back at those critics in November, per Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com:

Chicago fans will breathe easy knowing that Rose is only battling a bug and should be back after a few days. As Friedell mentioned, Jimmy Butler was sick recently, which didn’t stop the shooting guard from asking to stay on the court.

There’s no question that the Bulls will need a healthy Rose in order to be a serious threat to win the Eastern Conference. Last season’s fourth-place finish proves that Chicago can finish well without him, but an early-round exit seems likely if Rose isn’t on the floor.

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Derrick Rose’s Return to MVP Form Is Still a Work in Progress

CHICAGO — There is no shortage of questions surrounding Derrick Rose this season, but one of the most important ones has all but disappeared. Is Rose playing tonight? For the Chicago Bulls‘ last 11 games, the answer has been yes.

Thanks to a new NBA rule, teams are required to update the media on a regular basis of the injury status of their players. What that usually means is that players with even the slightest nick will be listed as “probable,” just as a cover in case they can’t play.

Rose hasn’t been on the Bulls’ list for a couple of weeks. Early-season ankle sprains and hamstring strains forced him in and out of the lineup in November, but in terms of pure stability, it’s been smooth sailing for Rose these days. For a former league MVP who has missed most of the last two seasons with serious knee injuries, just playing is half the battle.

“He’s stringing some games together now, which I think is critical,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

Even now that he’s been playing every day, it’s been an uphill battle for Rose to get his consistency back. Seemingly every time he has a game that evokes his vintage, explosive self, he follows it up with a performance too reliant on jump shots. The aggressiveness comes and goes.

Last week, Rose was brilliant in home wins over the Brooklyn Nets (23 points) and Portland Trail Blazers (31 points). He looked like the old, pre-injury Rose, attacking fearlessly, getting to the free-throw line and making floaters with confidence.

But he followed that promising stretch up with a pair of ineffective games, scoring 14 points in each half of the Bulls’ road back-to-back in Miami and Atlanta. In Monday’s loss to the Hawks, he shot 6-of-21 from the field. Two steps forward, two steps back.

“Physically, he looks as good as he ever did,” said Blazers coach Terry Stotts, whose team was on the receiving end of Rose’s best game of the season. “I think he’s explosive. He’s more measured in his game, as far as when to attack the basket, when to shoot threes. I don’t think he’s looking to attack all the time like he did when he was a younger player, but physically he looks as good as ever.”

There are a lot of moving parts with the Bulls. In addition to Rose’s own physical and mental hurdles after being out for so long, he’s playing with a new team. It’s a group that has a lot more experience playing without him than with him, and integrating such a ball-dominant player back into the lineup has been an adjustment for everybody.

“I am a scoring point guard,” Rose said after practice last Monday. “So my game is scoring a little bit more than passing or facilitating, but when you’ve got more scoring on your team, you have to facilitate a little bit more. So picking and choosing when to pick my spots is kind of hard right now, but I’m a hooper, I’m a basketball player. So I should be able to learn it pretty quickly.”

Between Rose’s November injuries and other ailments on the team (most recently Joakim Noah‘s ankle problems), Chicago’s ideal starting lineup of Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Pau Gasol and Noah have only played together in eight of the Bulls’ 24 games this season. It’s hard to build cohesion when everybody is healthy, let alone when a team is the revolving door the Bulls rotation has been.

“By nature, he’s trying to fit in right now,” said Thibodeau. “It’s a new team for him. He’s trying to learn his teammates. He’s playing off people. We need him to go. Just go. Go. Great players will figure it out. Pau will figure it out. Joakim, Jimmy, they’re going to figure it out. That’s the way it is.”

It’s hard not to notice the changes in Rose’s game. He’s more hesitant to drive and settling for a lot of outside shots. His 14.3 shot attempts per game are a career low, while his 5.6 three-point attempts (on which he’s shooting 28.1 percent) are a career high.

When he drives, he’s deadly. He’s shooting 60 percent on shots at the rim this season, per Basketball-Reference.com. But he doesn’t do it every game. Instead, he’s feeling out other aspects of his game and trying to power through his shooting struggles.

“I’m shooting open shots that they’re giving me,” Rose said. “I’m trying to get used to taking those types of shots, if we get in a situation where we’re down two and I have an open three, having the confidence to take those shots. Or if we’re down and we need a run, having the confidence to come down and pull a three. Put pressure on the other team.

“I’m taking a lot [of three-pointers]. But I feel like that’s an easy shot for me, a set shot. I’m going to have a game where I’ll string in four or five of them, and it’s just going to help my confidence. I can’t stop taking those shots. They’re shots I normally take in practice, so my teammates know they’re great shots for me.”

His coach, like everyone else, would like to see the aggressive Rose come out more.

“He’s gotta attack,” said Thibodeau. “That’s the bottom line. Some teams are going under and some teams will adjust to a blitz. All I know is when he’s pushing the ball up the floor and attacking, that’s who he is. He can’t defer. He can’t pace himself. He’s gotta go. That’s the big thing. He’s gotta go.”

The Bulls have won games without Rose, but having him on the floor and playing well makes things easier for everybody. In Chicago’s wins this season, Rose is averaging 18.7 points per game and shooting 46.8 percent from the field. In losses, he’s scoring 12.6 points and shooting 31.9 percent.

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“When he’s playing like [vintage Rose], it’s the thrust that we have as a team,” said Thibodeau. “When he’s pushing the ball, we get some easy baskets, we get some deep post-ups, we get into the penalty early so we can get some free throws. A lot of good things happen.”

With how long he’s been out, nobody thought Rose’s transition back to playing every day would be a seamless one. The hope is that by the time of the playoffs, Rose will be playing like his peak self consistently. If that happens, it’s hard to see anybody in the Eastern Conference being more dangerous than the Bulls.

But there will be bumps in the road between now and then, a lot of trial and error and the periodic frustration.

“I’ve got to listen to my body and listen to myself and learn how to play with my teammates,” Rose said. “Every game I’m getting more and more comfortable with it.”

“We all feel he’s going to be back to the same guy he was,” said Thibodeau. “He’s going step by step, he’s got to keep building, keep attacking.

“When he’s aggressive, there’s no one like him.”

 

Sean Highkin covers the Chicago Bulls for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @highkin

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Derrick Favors Injury: Updates on Jazz Forward’s Ankle and Return

The Utah Jazz’s problems scoring and defending are going to become an even bigger issue with the absence of star forward Derrick Favors

According to the Jazz’s official Twitter account, Favors suffered an ankle injury against Miami and has been ruled out for the rest of the game:

Favors currently leads the Jazz in rebounds (8.5) and blocks (1,5) per game, while ranking second behind Gordon Hayward in scoring (16.2). The fourth-year star out of Georgia Tech is off to the best start of his pro career. 

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Bulls star Derrick Rose feeling healthy, confident (Yahoo Sports)

CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose had that twinkle in his eyes, that same relentless confidence he had when he won the NBA MVP award what seems like an eternity ago.

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Derrick Rose’s Best Move to Date

Was Derrick Rose’s best move non-basketball related? In an impressive display of social awareness, the Chicago Bulls superstar guard spoke volumes just for wearing a tee shirt with the phrase, “I can’t breathe” during the shoot-around of the Chicago Bulls – Golden State Warriors game. Those were the final words of Eric Garner, a man […]
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Here’s why Derrick Rose is the man

On Saturday night, Derrick Rose wore a t-shirt with three words on it. “I Can’t Breathe.” Then hit dogs started hollering.
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Derrick Rose makes political statement with T-shirt

Derrick Rose is the latest professional athlete to take a public stance on a polarizing issue that’s currently gripping the nation.
The Chicago Bulls point guard was seen wearing a black t-shirt featuring the words, “I Can’t Breathe” before Saturday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

Derrick Rose wearing the I Can’t Breathe shirt. #EricGarner http://t.co/ZCxCQdSTci
— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) December 07, 2014
The message on Rose’s shirt is in reference to Eric Garner, who died in July after a New York City police officer put him in a chokehold. A grand jury recently ruled not to indict the officer in Garner’s death.
Rose’s statement comes just days after several players on the St. Louis Rams took the field before a game with their hands in the air as part of the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” movement sparked by the death of Ferguson, Mo., teenager Michael Brown.
St. Louis’ police department remarked shortly after that it was “profoundly disappointed” with the acti

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Bulls’ Derrick Rose wore an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt in support of Eric Garner

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wore an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt, during warm-ups before Saturday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors in Chicago’s United Center.
It was a show of support for Eric Garner, who died last July after New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold.
Those were the last words Eric Garner said. 120 Sports tweeted the Rose’s photo.
 

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Derrick Rose wears ‘I Can’t Breathe’ warmup shirt (Yahoo Sports)

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 6: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the game on December 6, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose wore a black ”I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt during warmups before playing the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.


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Why Derrick Rose Shooting Threes Is A Good Thing

 BEST – Derrick Rose is not quite the old, MVP D-Rose, yet. He isn’t the aggressive, fly to the basket player fans were used to seeing before his two major injuries either. This season, and especially since returning from an ankle sprain, Rose has shot an alarming amount of threes, and that’s okay.

Since returning from missing 4 games with a strained left hamstring, 39 of Derrick Rose’s 76 shots have come from 3-point range.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 4, 2014

For those of you keeping track at home, Rose is shooting an abysmal 32% from behind the arc, and you know what, he should keep shooting from there for the time being. Of course, every fan would love to see that percentage get into the 40s, but that is going to take some time.
I know what you are thinking, if he is shooting so terrible from three then why should he keep shooting?
It’s easy, why not shoot from three while he’s waiting for his confidence to come back then he can drive the lane and start shooting from mid-range agai

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