Derrick Rose Injury: Chicago Bulls Star Visits Specialist, Listed as Day-to-Day

Peter OwenCorrespondent IIFebruary 13, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 29:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on January 29, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bulls fans can rest a little easier tonight. Derrick Rose visited a back specialist in Chicago Monday after sitting out the Bulls' last two games and not playing significant minutes since the Bulls played in Philadelphia and the diagnosis remains the same—Rose is listed as day-to-day (per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune on Twitter).

The injury is being called "lower back spasms" which could range from minor to incredibly painful.

Rose had tried to play through the pain against New Jersey and New Orleans but ended up being less effective and playing fewer minutes as a result.

Rose was expected to at least try to play in Boston on Sunday in the nationally televised encounter with the Boston Celtics, but his injury prevented that and forced him to sit out his third straight.

The missed game against Boston finally rammed the point home to the Bulls organization as Rose sought specialist help for an injury that many thought would heal fairly quickly of its own accord.

Then we heard from Rose that he felt the effects from a back injury in his senior year at high school that both disappeared as mysteriously as it appeared.

Chicago will have to deal with Rose being in street clothes for probably the next week and possibly until after the All-Star break. They only play five games in that period and only two against winning teams (the Celtics again and the Atlanta Hawks) and all five are in Chicago.