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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Derrick Rose injured ankle


CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose injured an ankle during Sunday afternoon's game against the New York Knicks and is a game-time decision for Tuesday night's rematch.

Rose was wearing a walking boot early Monday but later was seen without it and was to be re-evaluated by the Bulls' medical staff before Tuesday morning's shootaround at the Berto Center, according to a league source. The Chicago Tribune initially reported Rose's situation.

"Everybody knows that when you go out and play you always run the risk of something happening," Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "It's just unfortunate because he had been out for the 12 games and came back. But there's nothing you can do to protect against ankle sprains and things like that. Guys tape up and go. We're not sure what that means for (Tuesday night). He's obviously sore and that type of thing, and we obviously aren't going to risk anything with him."

Rose scored 29 points and had eight turnovers in Sunday's loss to the Knicks, missing what would have been winning shots at the buzzer in regulation and overtime, as well as a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left and the Bulls leading by three.

The reigning MVP had missed the previous 12 games because of a groin injury.

"(He was) about what we expected," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after Sunday's game. "Some good, some bad. Handling the ball was a problem. But our whole team ... we didn't take care of the ball so we put them in the open floor."

Rose said he felt fine after the game and was just trying to get his wind back on the floor.

"I felt good," he said. "When I was out there (I was) just getting my groove back. My wind was OK; just playing. It just felt good to be out there."

After missing just one game last season, Rose has missed 22 games because of toe, back and groin injuries this year.

Rose dealt with an ankle injury during last season's playoffs, but didn't miss any games because of it. He is averaging 23 points and 7.9 assists this season.

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