CHICAGO — It’s news Bulls fans didn’t think they’d have to hear again so soon: Derrick Rose sprained his ankle in Monday nights loss to the Hawks.
The play that resulted in said injury occurred at the end of the game when Derrick Rose stepped on Jamal Crawford’s foot, turning his ankle. Rose immediately went down and had to be helped off the court by trainers.
“Don’t know [what happened], just came over, tried to steal the ball,” Rose said. “Twisted it somehow.”
The ankle Rose sprained was the exact same ankle he sprained against the Pacers in a game which also ended in a Bulls loss. Rose says he expects to get an X-Ray Tuesday and possibly an MRI as well.
When Rose suffered this same injury I’m that Game 4 loss to Indiana, he returned in Game 5 a less explosive player. That raises the obvious question of whether or not he will have his explosiveness effected in Game 2 on Wednesday when he has one less day to rest than he had going into Game 5.
“I’m not worried about that,” he said. “I think my body is in good hands with my trainer. They do a good job making sure I get treatment every day, all day. I should be alright.”
Rose said he will get treatment from “day to night” and will “ice my foot” with a machine he has at home. Rose still remains confident about the Bulls chances in the series and his ability to comeback at 100 percent as soon as possible.
“I’m good. I’m good. I’m getting treatment. There’s no excuses right now. You got to play through injuries. Everybody has injuries probably right now through the playoffs, but they’re fighting through it … [We're] just trying to win games.”