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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bulls Injury Update: Derrick Rose pain-free through two games

By on 9/02/2014 10:30:00 AM

The Chicago Bulls won nearly 50 games last season, despite ranking 30th in the league in scoring. Much of the offensive woes can be attributed to the fact that Derrick Rose missed most of the season due to injury.  Rose has improved this off season and made his first appearance in a game on August 22, coming off the bench against Puerto Rico in an exhibition game. He provided a spark off the bench to help the United States defeat Puerto Rico by the score of 112-86 at Madison Square Garden. If appears that Rose's progression has continued.

Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons
As reported by Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times,   Rose appears healthy two games into the FIBA World Cup.  In Game 1 Saturday against Finland, Rose scored 12 points, with a memorable crossover move and two-handed slam. He also played a team-high 22 minutes.  He wasn't nearly as good on Sunday against Turkey, but it was the first time Rose has played back-to-back games since last November. 

The biggest picture is that Rose went through back-to-back games unscathed, which is much more important at this point than any kind of statistics he compiled.  If Rose continues this progression, it will be excellent news for the Bulls as they enter the 2014-2015 season.

Rose is a five-year NBA veteran out of Memphis.  He's played only 49 games over the past three seasons and missed all of last year recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee.  In 289 career games, all with the Bulls, Rose is averaging 20.8 points, 6.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.  

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