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Rose will play through ulcers against Orlando

Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose (1) goes to the basket past Detroit Pistons’ Charlie Villanueva, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


According to the Associated Press, Derrick Rose will play against the Magic tonight, despite two painful ulcers in his stomach:

All-Star point guard Derrick Rose will play for the Chicago Bulls against the Orlando Magic on Friday despite two painful stomach ulcers.

Rose was still feeling discomfort but was planning to “fight through it.”

He started experiencing heartburn on Monday and still is having difficulty eating, drinking and swallowing. He initially thought he had a stomach flu, but doctors at Rush University Medical Center found two ulcers on Wednesday.

Rose has been in a bit of a shooting slump recently, going a combined 22-64 (34%) over the course of the Bulls’ last three games. If the ulcer has been causing him to shoot worse, the Magic’s defense won’t help matters -- despite some issues with their perimeter defense recently, Dwight Howard and the Magic still allow less made baskets at the rim than any other team in the league. Still, Rose is an MVP candidate for a reason, and the Magic shouldn’t be surprised if Rose, ulcers and all, delivers a virtuoso performance on Friday night.