The Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-81 in Chicago on Monday, but Derrick Rose had to leave the court with an injury to his right hamstring in the first-ever matchup between he and another former Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving.
Rose came up limping after a layup attempt in the fourth quarter and was removed from the game with less than four minutes remaining. News out of Chicago so far indicates it's only a minor setback, but we'll know more tomorrow when all the tests are completed.
This is pretty straight forward from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
Thibodeau said Rose has a minor right hamstring injury.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 12, 2013
Obviously we'll have more updates as they come in, but for now it does not appear the injury is too serious.
Thibodeau removed Rose late in tonight's 4th quarter but doesn't sound too concerned about his hamstring: "It appears to be minor."— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 12, 2013
After the nightmare that was the 2012-13 season, the Bulls and their fans want nothing to do with another bite from the injury bug for their All-NBA point guard. But there seems to be reason for optimism after this one, so Bulls fans should relax for now. Rose even said he plans to play on Friday.
Rose says hamstring injury no big deal, should play Fri— Mike McGraw (@McGrawDHBulls) November 12, 2013