Derrick Rose still isn't ready to return from the back spasms that have sidelined him this week, and the Chicago Bulls guard is now planning to see a specialist tomorrow to help diagnose the problem.
“I don’t know the diagnosis. I don’t know what to call it, but I just know my back is not right," Rose told CSN Chicago before sitting out today's game against the Celtics. "I don’t remember [when it started]. It just came from out of nowhere, man. That’s the scary thing about it."
Rose has now missed seven of the Bulls' 30 games this season, including two this weekend with the back injury, which concerns Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau.
“It’s not cleared up as much as we would like right now," Thibodeau said. "You’re always concerned. It’s something that he’s had before. He had it when he was in high school, so we’re hopeful it gets cleared up shortly, but we want to make sure. Backs are tricky, so that’s why he’s going to see a specialist tomorrow." Rose is averaging 22.0 points and 7.8 assists this season. The Bulls have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 23-7.