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Derrick Rose Injury: MRI Confirms No Structural Damage In Back

Derrick Rose continues to suffer from lower back spasms, but the Chicago Bulls received good news Monday when an MRI confirmed that there's no structural damage in Rose's back.

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Derrick Rose Injury: MRI Confirms No Structural Damage In Back

The Chicago Bulls still aren't sure when Derrick Rose will return to the lineup, but they did receive good news on Monday when an MRI confirmed that he's merely suffering from lower back spasms and has not suffered any structural damage. From the Chicago Tribune:

"When we all feel he feels well enough to play, he'll be back out there," general manager Gar Forman said. "He could respond overnight. It could be a couple days. When it's muscular, you don't know. But this is positive."

[...] "Derrick is a competitor and always wants to play," Forman said. "We'll be smart about this, but there's a difference between whether a player is hurting and injured. If a guy is hurting, obviously they have to make a determination on how much they feel they can do. If a player is injured and could do greater harm, we're not ever going to put him out there."

Rose has missed the last two games, but the ailment contributed to his scoring a combined 10 points in the two games prior, when he played just 11 minutes on Feb. 6 against the Nets and 22 minutes on Feb. 8 against the Hornets.

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Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls All-Star Won't Play Celtics, Seeking Specialist

Derrick Rose has dealt with various injuries all season, but the Chicago Bulls point guard has typically been able to play through the pain after a couple days of rest. His most recent ailment, however, has the reigning MVP saying he'll seep a specialist on Monday.

Rose has been dealing with a sore back as of late and, while he was originally a game-time decision for Sunday afternoon's match-up with the Boston Celtics, K.C. Johnson reports that he'll miss the game altogether as he tries to recover. Rose also told the media that he'll be seeking a specialist on Monday, which could indicate this injury is worse than originally thought.

On Saturday, Rose told the Chicago Tribune that this season has been the most he's ever been injured.

"I really don't know," Rose said about playing Sunday. "When I wake up, I usually can tell. ... It's just sore and stiff. I don't know what to do. Hopefully it will heal in a matter of time."

Hopefully being the key word, of course, but it sounds like this injury might cause Rose to miss more than Sunday's game.

For more on the Celtics, visit CelticsBlog and SB Nation Boston. For more on the Bulls, visit Blog-a-Bull and SB Nation Chicago.

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