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NBA Playoffs: Bulls win game 1 vs. 76ers, but Rose injured

Apr 28, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

Rose injury

Everything was going perfectly for the Bulls in Game 1 of their series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia was having no luck scoring on the Bulls’ defense, Lou Williams was never able to get anything going, Derrick Rose was approaching a triple-double, and new addition Rip Hamilton had 19 points on 6-7 shooting from the field.

Then it happened. With the Bulls up 12 and 1:09 left in the game, Derrick Rose was driving to the basket, and then he went down. Hard. Rose looked to be in a great deal of pain, and the air was instantly sucked out of the building. Rose eventually limped off with help, and the Bulls held on for an easy 103-91 win, but everyone in Chicago is wondering about the left knee of their young superstar point guard.

If Rose’s injury is serious, there’s still a good chance the team will get through the first round, but it would be almost impossible for any team to make a serious run at a championship with their best player in street clothes. All the right things happened for the Bulls in the 1st 47 minutes of Saturday’s game, but everything about their playoff run is now very much an open question after Rose’s injury.


  1. savvybynature - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    It didn’t look good. As a fan of the game, it sucks to see players, especially great ones, go down in the playoffs. Hope he’s OK.

    I wanna see some sick D Rose playoff highlights!

  2. Gordon - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Shoot me now!

    Come on Thibs…the game was over at that point. Sit the starters for christ’s sake!

  3. tfoz5150 - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    He was going for the triple double

  4. redstar504 - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    This looked so similar to the injury David West had at the end of last season

  5. bhester1906 - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    I’m for the Heat wining but just being a fan of Basketball this sucks. I hope Derrick Rose is just having a tumultuous year and that he is not injury prone player. You have to wonder if after a season of attacking the basket with wreckless abandon is biting him in the butt now. Sure as hell hope not…

  6. tommy972 - Apr 28, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    He’s injury prone!!!!!

  7. tomossriceenoughsaid - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    you guys ever think it might be the lockout and not injury prone!?!?!?! He has missed under ten games in 6 seasons including college career

    • tommy972 - Apr 28, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      Why don’t you ask LeBron, Wade, Durant, etc its injury prone or the lockout hahahahahhaah. You just mad?

  8. isujames - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    whipping dat azz,HEAT all day.

  9. isujames - Apr 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    HEAT IN 4!!!!

  10. zer0sand0nes - Apr 28, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    The thing that stood out to me in this article:
    “With the Bulls up 12 and 1:09 left in the game, Derrick Rose was driving to the basket ….”
    As excellent a head coach Thibs has shown thus far; he has never known how to manage his largest commodity – players. He has time & time again played players who are coming back from injury excessive minutes opposed to monitoring their minutes & reacclimate them back to normal minutes. Look throughout this season for further proof. Under no circumstance should Rose who has struggled with injury the entire season should be playing much less driving to the basket “With the Bulls up 12 and 1:09 left in the game …” I’m sorry its inexcusable & unacceptable and its time Bull’s management/ownership stepped up and put a stop to this foolish practice.

    Just my .02 (CDN)

  11. iowahbr - Apr 28, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I know Bulls fans are worried about the 2012 play-offs with the Rose injury but their real concern should be Derrick’s future in the NBA. This ACL tear is tough to come back from and Rose’s style of play puts tremendous stress on his whole body. I hope he can make it back for next year and adopt a playing style that doesn’t always have him pushing at 125%.

    However all the BS aimed at Thibs is dead wrong. Rose needed the time to get his game timing back and this could have happened at anytime give his playing style. If you watched the game he still was not in his normal flow during the 1st quarter.

    • gmsingh - Apr 28, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      Exactly. And does anyone really think that if Thibs had pulled Derrick that he would magically not suffer an injury in some other game?

  12. joelito19 - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    its not coach Thibs fault. Rose jumped in the air and landed wrong.These injuries happen all the time. Too all the Idiots that are saying he got hurt because of the long season, you have no clue what so ever. The dude is always hurt because he plays a wild style of basketball. I hope he makes a full recovery, as a heat fan we need competition in the East and the only team i respect is Chicago with Rose that is…..

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