Towards the end of the Chicago Bulls’ game one victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Derrick Rose was driving the lane and contorting his body to get a shot up. The end result of that play was Rose landing awkwardly, without contact from another player, and injuring his knee. He was taken out of the game and to the locker room. He was taken to a local hospital to receive an MRI.
For the Bulls, the injury relegates their game one success to a Pyrrhic victory. This has been an unfortunate season for Rose, last year’s NBA MVP, as he has struggled with injury.
Blame should not be leveled on anyone in the case of Rose’s latest injury. It was a freak play that happened during the course of the game. It could not have been predicted or prevented. Rose was simply playing the way he always does, with drive and passion.
If anyone is to be blamed in this situation, and it’s not Tom Thibodeau (leaving Rose in late is just how he coaches), it is @NBCMiami for falsely reporting the extent of Rose’s injuries via Twitter before any such information had been released. It caused quite a stir over the social media network and was retweeted numerous times. Since their initial tweet they have recanted and said that they were premature in making such a claim. Do some fact checking, people. Or at the very least use common sense.
If there is an upside for the Bulls it is that Rose has missed ample time this season already and Thibodeau has a contingency plan. Without Rose, the Bulls are 18-9. However, that was the regular season and the playoffs are a different animal all together. If Rose is unable to play in game two, or the rest of the series, C.J. Watson will likely move into the starting point guard role.
Rose tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the playoffs.
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