After his best three-game stretch of the season, Bulls guard Derrick Rose will miss Wednesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers with tendinitis in his right hamstring.
It was announced an hour before gametime, and Rose gave no indication after the morning shootaround that he wouldn’t be available to play.
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In the last three games, Rose averaged 21.3 points on 48 percent shooting and 43 percent from 3-point range, with 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Whether that progress is halted only time will tell but it was a bit of a surprise when the news came down that he would be out.
“We’re trying to figure it out as best we can,” Rose said after the morning shootaround. “It’s a long process. Of course we want it to be easy. But it’s far from that. We’re trying to figure out how to put all this together.”
Rose missed two games on the Bulls’ west coast swing against Phoenix and Golden State with a right ankle injury, returning for the trip finale against the Portland Trailblazers.
Other than that, he’s been on the floor this season and his play has improved in December relative to November, although not to the standards many expect from a player awarded MVP a few seasons ago.
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He spoke about acclimating himself to Fred Hoiberg’s system and the growth the team has experienced lately after a mini-crisis of sorts.
“Playing with each other. Not only the philosophy of Fred but the rest of the coaching staff, what they want from us,” Rose said. “Just trying to put everything together. The good thing about it is everyone still has positive attitudes. Everybody’s mentality is great. When we come in, we just have to play with effort and have to compete. Those are the two biggest things we have to do every night. Everything else I think will take care of itself.”