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Bulls’ Rose wearing “precautionary” walking boot for ankle; MRI negative

Apr 24, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

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UPDATE 9:07 pm: According to Aggrey Sam over at CSN Chicago, Rose’s MRI came back negative. So, it is just a minor sprain. Which means like we say in the rest of this post, you can bet he plays the next game.

7:04 pm: Derrick Rose is go for Game 5. And you can expect the Bulls star point guard and MVP to be to play a lot better than he did in Game 4.

But there might be a little concern as he spent Easter Sunday in a walking boot to protect that sprained ankle he got in the first quarter of Game 4, and he’s going to have an MRI (X-rays were negative), according to the Associated Press.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said trainer Fred Tedeschi told him Rose is sore, but the swelling is “not bad.” The walking boot is more precautionary…

“Every time somebody goes down, somebody’s always ready to step up, but knowing Derrick, he’s going to be able to play,” forward Taj Gibson said. “I know he’s not going to sit out and miss a big-time game like this.”

No, he won’t. But it would be nice for somebody else to step up. Luol Deng is averaging 17.3 points per game but shooting just 39 percent. Boozer is 12 points a game (and 11.5 rebounds) but is hitting just 37.5 percent. (To be fair, Rose is only shooting 35.2 percent overall and 17.2 percent from three, which will haunt them against better teams if things do not improve.)

Expect the Bulls to play their best defensive game, take control of a low-scoring game and get some rest before taking on Atlanta or Orlando. Rose and his ankle wouldn’t mind that stretching out.

  1. philtration - Apr 24, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    It is Boozer that needs to step it up.
    Soft defense and way too many missed shots right next to the rim is not what they are paying him for.

    • gilgameth - Apr 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM

      See? From your other posts, you sound like there is no reason to worry, so even you know the Bulls are underachieving. Maybe they are not underachieving, though. Maybe they just aren’t near as good as there record indicated, otherwise I would be baffled how the Pacers could keep these games so close. They have not lead by more than 7 points at any time in any game, and barring huge Pacer meltdowns inside the last three minutes of games one and four, the blue team would be up 3-1. How about doubling Granger or taking care of the ball or getting ANY bench play other than Korver…sounds like they’ll need a few more players other than Boozer to step it up. Rose is going to have to get someone to take his SATs for him in round 2 unless he gets some consistent O out of Deng and Bogans…

      • philtration - Apr 25, 2011 at 2:46 PM

        Are you stalking my comments now?
        Weird at best.

        I like how when the Bulls win it is a Pacer meltdown yet when the Pacers finally win a game it is because they are a good team.
        I never said that the Bulls are not playing poorly in this series.
        They are.
        I also never said that the Pacers are not playing over their heads.
        They are.

        You are reading too much into the Bulls not sweeping the series and you are acting like these two teams are evenly matched.
        The Bulls are a much better team than the Pacers and if you can’t see that then you really don’t know much about the game.

  2. gilgameth - Apr 25, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    You’re right, I’m stalking you, and it is weird. And boring! All I am trying to say is that da Bulls are a flim-flam bunch of phoney baloneys. You Chicago fans get all geeked about your mediocre teams that for some reason do really well in the regular season but in the post season they flame, except maybe for the ‘Hawks but no on cares about hockey. I’m hatin’ because it is so damn easy, and listening to Chicago fans talk about their teams is like listening to someone chew with their mouth open…equally disgusting and annoying.

    • philtration - Apr 25, 2011 at 10:26 PM

      Yeah… mediocre teams here in Chicago.
      Only city in the country to have won championships in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB in the last 25 years.

      What kind of guy says something like “flim-flam bunch of phoney baloneys”?
      Go back to your stupid video games Ned Flanders.

  3. gilgameth - Apr 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Hilarious! Yeah, twenty five years, that’s impressive! You won’t even be able to say that next year, and again, who cares about hockey? Okay fine, the Bulls are paper tigers that are soft as a sneaker full of steaming sh*t, and so were the last two Bears teams that made the playoffs. I am not even going to mention the Cubs’ love affair with futility, but Ozzie Guillen is gem, so maybe I’ll give the southsiders a pass. If a Chicago team hangs a banner in the NEXT 25 years, I will bet that it will be the mighty Sky club who are at least as tough as they look.

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