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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bulls Injury Update: Derrick Rose's X-rays were negative, hopeful for tonight's game

By on 11/01/2014 02:00:00 PM

Despite spraining his left ankle during his team's 114-108 overtime loss to the Cavaliers on Friday, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose hopes to play Saturday in Minnesota against the Timberwolves. The injury occurred during the second quarter when Rose landed on the foot of Kyrie Irving following a shot near the basket.

You could hear a pin drop in the United Center following the injury as Rose hobbled off towards the Chicago bench in an all-too similar fashion. The 22,879 fans in attendance watched in anxiousness as Rose was immediately taken out of the game. The star point guard did return in the second half, albeit with little effectiveness. Eventually Rose was taken out of the game for good, sitting out the entire fourth quarter and overtime periods.

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The injury has since been confirmed as simply a left ankle sprain, good news for Rose and Bulls fans alike. Rose has shown flashes of his 2011 MVP form, averaging 16.5 points and 4.5 assists through Chicago's first two games. If Rose was forced to miss a significant amount of time the Bulls would have been left without both pieces of their starting backcourt, as shooting guard Jimmy Butler recovers from a thumb injury. Kirk Hinrich played valiantly in 34 minutes of work, scoring 20 points in the contest and at one point eight straight late in the fourth quarter. Hinrich would most likely have slid over to the starting point guard position if Rose had seriously injured himself, but as of now, this isn't the case.

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