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Derrick Rose To See Back Specialist; Injury Could Be Worse Then Suspected

CHICAGO — Injuries have been a defining theme for the Bulls 2011 season and those woes just got a lot bigger with Derrick Rose’s condition deteriorating to the point of him being forced to miss a nationally televised matchup against the Celtics.

Rose has been struggling with injuries which puts a damper on the Bulls playoff future. (Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE)

Rose has been suffering from lower backs problems since last Monday against the Nets. He left before halftime with a lower back spasm and didn’t return. Rose played against the Hornets on Tuesday but he was clearly not anywhere near the level of health he needed to be. The reigning MVP sat out Friday against the Bobcats and raised eyebrows by missing a nationally televised game against the Celtics.

Rose is already dealing with sprained toe which he admits won’t be one hundred percent this season. Now on top of that Rose has a back problem he states came out of nowhere and isn’t getting any better either.

“It just came from out of nowhere,” Rose said. “That’s the scary thing about it. … I could barely walk [after New Orleans]. It’s killing me not being able to play, especially this game, or when I do play my minutes are definitely down. Hopefully, I’ll get treatments and it calms down. If not, I’ll take my time.”

Rose is set to see a back specialist today who will determine the severity of the injury. The scary part about the injury, as Rose put it perfectly, is that it came out of nowhere. Back spasms usually signifies some sort of inflammation of the spine, which means Rose has some underlying problem that has to be healed before he returns to action.

The trouble with Chicago is guys love the team and want to rush back.

“It’s not cleared up as much as we would like. He still has a little bit of stiffness. You’re always concerned. It’s something he has had before. We’re hopeful it gets cleared up shortly, but we want to make sure.” said head coach Tom Thibodeau. “Backs are tricky.”

Rose has already missed seven games this season which is the more then his first three seasons combined. The last thing the Bulls need os for Rose to rush back and re-aggrevate his various injuries. Chicago is already operating with an unhealthy Luol Deng and Rip Hamilton hasn’t played since two Sunday’s ago against the Heat.

“It could be [Monday] when I wake up and it feels good, because I remember in high school I didn’t get any treatment or anything,” Rose said. “Hopefully, it’s the same thing.”

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