Bulls’ Derrick Rose sprains ankle in loss to Cavs

Ryan Songalia
Bulls supporters cried out “No!” as they feared the 2011 NBA MVP would once again be headed to the injured list

Derrick Rose rises to the rim against Cleveland. Rose scored 20 points in limited minutes after spraining his ankle. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

MANILA, Philippines – Chicago Bulls fans had a Halloween scare when Derrick Rose came up limping in the second quarter of their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, October 31 at the United Center. 

Rose, who had played just ten games over the past two seasons due to a torn right ACL and a torn left meniscus, landed his left foot awkwardly on Kyrie Irving’s heel after putting back a missed shot. 

Bulls supporters cried out “No!” as they feared the 2011 NBA MVP would once again be headed to the injured list. Their fears were allayed when he walked it off with mild tension in his face.

Rose scored 18 in the first half and returned to play in the third but was mostly ineffective, scoring 20 points, 4 rebound and 4 assists in 25 minutes before leaving the Bulls bench in the fourth quarter. The Cavs eventually overcame the Bulls 114-108 in overtime to score their first victory of the season.

LeBron James scored 36 points, grabbed 8 rebounds to go with 4 assists, 4 steals and a block to lead Cleveland, while Chicago’s Mike Dunleavy flirted with a triple double with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.

Rose says his injury “isn’t serious,” according to Chicago Tribune beat reporter K.C. Johnson, adding “I’m walking around so I think everyone can breathe.”

“It kind of limited me a little bit, shooting jump shots and I wasn’t getting the bounce I wanted.”

X-ray results were negative and Rose will reportedly travel to Minnesota for the team’s game against the Timberwolves on Saturday, November 1 (Sunday PH time). – Rappler.com