Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been ruled out Friday against the undefeated Golden State Warriors with an ankle sprain.
Rose left late in the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ 96–95 win against the Indiana Pacers on Monday after tweaking his left ankle. He sat out of Wednesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns as a precaution.
The Bulls announced Friday afternoon that Rose would miss his second straight contest. According to the Chicago Tribune, he participated in part of the team’s shootaround.
“Big game, of course I would like to play in it,” Rose told reporters. “But I got to be smart about what I have going on and deal with the reality. I was able to move around a lot more than the previous days after I injured it, so I’m heading in the right direction.’”
He added that he tends to overcompensate for injuries when not close to 100 percent, and said it was “very hard” to sit out. Backup Aaron Brooks is also out Friday with a hamstring injury, leaving point guard duties – and responsibility guarding Stephen Curry – to E’Twaun Moore and Kirk Hinrich.
Rose is averaging 13.6 points, 6.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in ten games.
The Bulls are 8–3 entering Friday.
- Xandria James