INDIANAPOLIS — As if the loss wasn’t bad enough, now the Bulls have something a lot worse to deal with.
In the first quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Pacers, Derrick Rose rolled his ankle driving to the basket. He limped around immediately like a wounded deer refusing to put weight on his ankle, raising instant concern from everyone in the building..
“I haven’t talked to Fred yet so I don’t know what the extent of it is, but [Rose] said he was fine so … we’ll see,” Tom Thibodeau said after the Bulls’ 89-84 loss in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers. “Derrick, he doesn’t leave the game unless he’s hurt, so for him to leave I’m sure he tweaked it pretty good. He’s done it before, he played through it. He said he was fine, but we’ll see.”
He subsequently left the game, although he did later return but it was evident he wasn’t alright
“I just wanted to come [back] quick.” Rose said, “They were trying to sit me down and I didn’t want to sit back down. My thing was just keep it moving and hurry up and put me back in the game.”
The Bulls were unable to secure a series sweep in Indianapolis with the loss in Game 4 and the series is headed back to the Second City where the Bulls will attempt again to close out the Pacers.
“No excuses. Playoffs, I sprained my ankle many times.” -Derrick Rose on his injury
The plus side of that is Game 5 won’t be until Tuesday giving Rose an entire 2 days to rest his ankle. He will also be in Chicago and if worse comes to worse, it’s not an elimination game for the Bulls so if needs to miss time and Chicago loses, there will be a Game 6.
That’s worse case scenario however. Rose, being the elite competitor he is, believes he will be ready to go on Tuesday and help wrap up the series.
“No excuses. Playoffs,” Rose said. “I sprained my ankle many times.”