The Bulls hope Derrick Rose’s right hamstring injury isn’t too serious, as he exited with four minutes left in the first half and didn’t return after 13 minutes in the Bulls’ 89-84 loss to the Miami Heat.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Rose will be evaluated Tuesday, right before the Bulls go out west for seven games in 13 days.
“We knew Derrick had a little bit of soreness before the game, and Derrick went down,” Hoiberg said. “He was great in shootaround, but something happened between that and game time.”
Officially, Rose was tagged with having his lower back and right hamstring keep him out of the game, and his absence was noticeable as the Bulls’ early ball movement disintegrated in the second half, especially without guards Kirk Hinrich and E’Twaun Moore, both also out with injury.
It left the playmaking duties to Jimmy Butler and Aaron Brooks.
“It’s tough, my point guard (being out),” Butler said. “We’re expected to win games. I’ll step into his role and do what we’re supposed to do. We need him out there.”
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The Bulls have a few days in between games, playing the Lakers in Los Angeles on Thursday, but just the sight of not seeing Rose out there prompted a reaction from Dwyane Wade.
“More than anything, basketball fans through the world, guys in the NBA, guys hate to see when D-Rose isn’t out there,” Wade said. “We all love to see him playing the game he loves and the way he can. When the second half came, I didn’t see him out there, I said to Jimmy, ‘Where’s D-Rose?' You want to see him doing D-Rose things, which he’s done lately. Hopefully he’ll get back on the floor fast.”
Wade has battled through injury late in his career, so he knows the fine line Rose is walking when dealing with pain.
“Certain things you have to, like a hamstring, you can’t play through. Those can tear, you’ll be out a long time,” Wade said. “I dealt with that last year, two hamstrings through the year.”