NEWARK — Derrick Rose only contributed 4 points to the Bulls blowout against the Nets because he left early. Right before halftime Rose was seen exiting the court with what is now being called a lower back spasm.
The injury shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Rose was treated for back pains during Chicago’s win in Milwaukee Saturday night and Head Coach Tom Thibodeau hinted before today’s game that Rose may not even play let a lone finish the game. Rose, as usual, wasn’t as pessimistic but also wasn’t resoundingly positive either.
“My back tends to get tight a little bit,” Rose said. “That’s why my shots were kind of flat…I’ll get my back worked on and that should be out of the way quick.”
The Bulls face two far inferior teams in the Hornets and Bobcats up next before ending this road trip in Boston against the Celtics. Rose doesn’t need to play against the Hornets or Bobcats (nor does Luol Deng but that’s another story). Hopefully he rests his back, especially given the pre-existing injury to his toe which can flare up at any moment and sideline him as well. The last thing the Bulls need is their star players playing with ticking time bomb injuries that can derail the season.