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Derrick Rose injures ankle on final play of game

May 2, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

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Seriously, there is a time — and a reason — to back off a little when the game is over. Soon to be MVP Derrick Rose showed why Tuesday night.

Rose rolled his ankle on the final, meaningless possession of the Bulls 103-95 loss to the Hawks Tuesday. With seven seconds left and the Hawks up eight Jamal Crawford dribbled the ball up court to run out the clock, and normally guys just back off and let the clock run out because the game is over.

But Rose decided to pressure the ball, and in doing so stepped on Crawford’s foot and rolled his ankle. This is the same ankle he rolled in Game 4 against the Pacers, and once you do that once it is more susceptible to re-injury until it is fully healed.

We don’t know how serious it is, but any injury to Derrick Rose is serious to the Chicago Bulls. Rose said he was going for X-rays after speaking to the media postgame.

The Bulls were shocked by the Hawks in Game 1, but if Rose is even slowed some this series becomes very different.

  1. winstonhussein - May 3, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    If both teams wind up short a starting point guard, what’s going to be the new reason everyone will say the Hawks don’t stand a chance?

  2. chitownbulls - May 3, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    There won’t be a reason to give. The Bulls will be completely done without Rose.

  3. fordman84 - May 3, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Rose get a case of the Kobe’s? Why is it that every loss is followed up with an injured ankle story, only to have the player come back in the next game and play like nothing happened?

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