Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters prior to Wednesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets that he hopes starting point guard Derrick Rose can return from his ankle injury this Saturday when the team takes on the New Orleans Pelicans.
Rose sprained his left ankle in the second game of the season in Milwaukee after Bucks forward Greg Monroe fouled him hard on a drive to the hoop. He had 12 points before exiting.
The awkward way Rose landed on his ankle was a direct result of Monroe’s foul.
After the referees deemed it a common foul live, the league changed Monroe's foul on Rose to a Flagrant 1 the next day.
Rose is averaging 13.0 points in the two games he's played in and has been getting to the rack at will.
The Cavs' offense has looked stagnant at times with Rose out. Big man Kevin Love admitted after the loss to the Orlando Magic that Rose gets the starters into their sets and is a big part of what they do offensively.
Thankfully, LeBron James has had a prodigious start to the season and is carrying the offense right now as the only ball-handler and penetrator with Rose sidelined.
James told NBA-TV that Rose is probably out until the weekend, so maybe we will see Rose either against the Pelicans or New York Knicks on Sunday.