Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is doubtful for Wednesday’s game after injuring his ankle Monday night in Chicago’s 96–95 win over the Pacers, according to the team’s injury report.
Rose was spotted without a walking boot at the United Center Tuesday during Kentucky’s shootaround prior to the Wildcats’ game in Chicago against Duke.
“[It feels] like an ankle sprain,” Rose told reporters Monday.. “It’s throbbing a little bit, but that’s not out of the norm.”
Rose led the team with 23 points and six assists against Indiana, but walked off the court under his own power late in the fourth quarter two plays after tweaking his ankle on a foul by Monta Ellis.
“It’s an ankle sprain, and he was limping around in the locker room,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday. “We don’t know how severe it is. We will find out more tonight.”
Rose said after the game that it was too soon to tell whether the injury would cost him playing time, but that he “should be out there” against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.
Rose is still recovering from the orbital fracture he sustained during the preseason, which has left him dealing with continued double vision and wearing a protective mask over his face. Reports have indicated the double vision could last for another month, but Rose has been playing through it to average 12.6 points per game with 6.0 assists and a 35.9% field goal percentage.
“What I went through, all I’ve been through, just me playing and doing all I have to do, of course my ankle is a bit sore,” Rose said. “I’m just happy nothing is broken, nothing is torn.”
The Bulls (7–3) play the Suns (6–4) in Phoenix at 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.
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