CHARLOTTE—Derrick Rose’s health hadn’t been a question of late, as virtually everyone of note had been nursing some injury of some kind with the All-Star break mercifully coming at the perfect time.
But now Rose is joining the party, being a late scratch in Monday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets with what’s been termed “general soreness.” It’s the end of a rigorous road swing where the Bulls have jumped time zones seemingly each of the last five days, so it appears to be a matter of precaution.
“Just soreness. All over. That’s pretty much it. Body soreness,” Rose said before the Bulls' 108-91 loss.
Jimmy Butler is out and his return from a left knee strain depends on his body’s response to treatment, Nikola Mirotic just got out of the hospital with his appendicitis, Joakim Noah is out for the season and Pau Gasol is playing with a wrap on his hand after injuring three fingers late in Sacramento last week.
“Derrick was not moving well in shootaround this morning,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game. “That’s when we started think about it. We got here and he wasn’t moving much better, so the decision was made not to play him.”
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Not to mention Doug McDermott is sore from a fall in Sacramento as well but is receiving treatment and able to play.
Since Christmas, Rose has played well and in four games this month, he’s averaging 20.8 points, 7.8 assists and 5.8 rebounds while playing 35 minutes a night, with the Bulls going 1-3 in that stretch.
“It’s our fifth game in seven nights, Derrick just came off a back-to-back,” Hoiberg said. “He’s playing real well, we feel right now, with pace. It’s just one of those things. We made that decision.”
It was announced late, right when the teams had to submit the starting lineups to the league and media, right at the end of the league-mandated media availability when locker rooms were opened, so Rose only had time to answer a couple queries.
The Bulls return home for their final game before the All-Star break against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday.
“Recovery stuff. Foam room. Stretching,” Rose said. “Doing all the recovery stuff so that my body’s good.”