Pippen Ain’t Easy has learned and can now confirm that Derrick Rose tore his ACL late in Game 1 against the Sixers and will now be out for the remainder of the postseason.
This is devastating news to hear as the Bulls playoff chances hinged on the health of Rose who know not only has to worry about missing the rest of the postseason but has to worry about rehabbing in time to play next season.
Late in the game Rose drove to the bucket but came up lame, grabbing his knee. There was no contact on the play which immediately worried those inside the United Center. Rose was helped off the court and went right to the locker room. He was evaluated and later learned that he has an ACL tear and will be out for the rest of the playoffs.
This isn’t totally a fatal blow to the Bulls championship hopes but it definitely doesn’t do them any favors. With the Heat destroying the Knicks in Game 1 of their series, it looks like the Bulls will need to come out hard to win.
If they win a championship they will have to do it without Derrick Rose.
However, the worst case scenario has occurred and we didn’t even get through a full playoff game before it happened. Those who argued against me and said Rose isn’t fragile (mainly writers at a site that rhymes with Teacher Newport) clearly are seeing now that even if he didn’t appear so earlier this year, he is now. You don’t sustain six different injuries to six different parts of your body if you’re not fragile.
This is the price of a 66-game season folks. Rose goes hard, that’s why we love him but he can’t do it like this and we are clearly seeing what happens when Rose pushes himself too hard. The Bulls aren’t down and out, heck they won Game 1 but they may have won the battle but ultimately lost the war.