The Bulls injury woes continue but that may not be a bad thing. Derrick Rose is likely going to miss Thursday’s rematch against the Celtics as he’s seeing another back specialist who will assist him in rehabilitation.
It will be Rose’s fourth missed game in a row and his ninth of the season. Chicago still isn’t sure what kind of team they are without Rose yet — Thursday will give us more of an idea — but right now one thing is sure: the Bulls need Rose healthy for the playoffs.
“He’s still day-to-day,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s still not quite ready. We’ll see where he is. Each day he has gotten better. So we’re encouraged by that.”
That’s good news in more then one way. Rose getting healthier is obviously the gem to take away from that one, but Thibodeau’s willingness to rest the MVP is even sweeter to hear.
It’s no secret that Thibodeau’s only blemish on his record is his unwillingness to pull star players from blowouts. The chill that ran down Bulls fans spines was that of the image of Rose playing in meaningless games risking injury.
We actually saw that in New Orleans last week when Rose played in a blowout ,a game after which he claimed he could barely move.
So the fact Thibodeau is willing to pump the breaks with Rose is wonderful. The Bulls don’t make it to the Eastern Conference Finals they way they do with Rose in the lineup, so he needs to be healthy. Resting him until next weeks All-Star Game is looking like the best option for everyone.
But for now, as Thibodeau put it, let’s take it day by day. Rose is a competitor and he won’t want to stay off the court for long.