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Derrick Rose ruled out for Sunday’s game against Boston

Feb 12, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

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Derrick Rose may be able to quietly slink to the bench prior to a Friday night game against the Charlotte Bobcats without much notice, but ducking out of the lineup due to injury before a nationally televised Sunday matinee against the kind-of-rival Boston Celtics? That’s another matter entirely.

Chicago’s recent blowouts of the Nets and Hornets seemed to buy Rose plenty of time to rest, but the ailing back of the Chicago Bulls’ superstar is apparently being less than cooperative. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Rose will meet with medical specialists in Chicago on Monday to presumably structure some kind of productive treatment plan, and in the meantime, he’s been ruled out entirely for Sunday’s game against Boston.

The Celtics may not be the powerhouse they once were, but this was still a game of import for both the C’s and the Chicago Bulls. It still is, in a sense, though without Rose in the mix, the dynamic and strategy of both teams changes significantly.

In the bigger picture, it’s imperative that the Bulls get Rose’s back issues resolved in short order; the uncompromising nature of this season’s schedule provides an added complication for relatively minor, nagging injuries, effectively penalizing players who attempt to play through the pain. Rose deserves plenty of credit for trying to stay on the court, but at this point, taking a few games off — even ones on national TV — should do both him and his team good. That would be true for any rotation player in the league, but it’s particularly so for a player of Rose’s caliber — and one who routinely finds his coach leaving him on the floor for 40 minutes a night.

  1. glink123 - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Thanks for a completely f – c k e d up season, David Stern. This greed-induced schedule has likely shortened the careers of every NBA starter by about 2 years, and has produced one of the most forgettable NBA seasons in league history. You’re an egotistical slob.

  2. pudgalvin - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    The Bulls have had 2 days of between games twice this season, and once since December 28th. That’s ridiculous. But, the worst of the Bulls schedule is over after today with 24 of the last 39 at home.

    As to Rose, this is why you don’t let him try and play against the Hornets, Thibs. You don’t let your superstar take painkilling shots in his back so he can play against a team with 4 wins. That’s not babying him, it’s common sense.

  3. glink123 - Feb 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    excellent post, pudgalvin. also, how is it that the Bulls will have already played 30 games after today, yet the Warriors have only played 23? that’s nearly 50 percent more games. wtf?

    • pudgalvin - Feb 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      I’m glad, though, that Bulls craziest part was on the front end instead of the back end. Sixers have basically the exact opposite schedule of the Bulls the rest of the way.

  4. mcjon22 - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Just sit him and RIP through the all star game. Boston’s the only half decent team they’ll play in the next week and a half

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