Rose has missed six games due to a groin injury he suffered against the New York Knicks. Here’s the update:
ESPN's Nick Friedell said on Twitter yesterday,
"Don't expect to see Derrick Rose much in the next few days. Thibs said he still hasn't run much, just a little on the treadmill."
Although Rose may be well enough to play, it is crucial Bulls take this injury seriously and don’t take any chances as the playoffs are fast approaching.
Sure, the Bulls have been taking care of business without their superstar point guard, but let’s not get a head of ourselves.
If Rose is not healthy in the playoffs, the Bulls will be in serious trouble.
So, Rose should enjoy the game courtside for the next two weeks, even if doctors have cleared him to play.
It’s hard to do that to the fans, as many watch the games just to be dazzled by the reigning MVP, but let’s focus on what are important—Rose needs to be 100 percent at the start of the postseason.
He’s suffered three injuries so far and another one might spell tragedy for the Bulls going into the playoffs.
A couple more weeks rest combined with some light running and practicing is the best option right now.
The issue here is whether Rose will lose any rhythm to his game when he’s back in action—not whether the Bulls can claim the top seed without Rose.
The Bulls roster has danced around multiple injuries to key players this season and they are the first team to reach 40 wins. Different players have stepped in and filled the void left by another.
The Bulls have nothing more to prove in the regular season.
To protect Rose, Bulls should keep him on the bench for the next two weeks (seven games).
The Bulls don’t have a difficult schedule during that stretch and should be ample time for Rose to get healthy. After that two week stretch, the schedule starts to heat up.
The Bulls can hold on the top seed without Rose, as Luol Deng can lead this team in his absence.
Games aren't as fun to watch without the Bulls win without their MVP making big plays, but let’s not get greedy.
The Bulls need to be extremely cautious with their precious point guard right now.