Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose suffered a minor hamstring injury in the team's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. While it may have sidelined the point guard for the final few minutes of the 96-81 victory, it shouldn't keep him or the club down for long.
The 2011 NBA MVP is absolutely instrumental to Chicago's chances of winning a championship this season, so every single bump and bruise will be put under the microscope—especially considering the ordeal he just recovered from.
As you probably remember, Rose missed the entirety of the 2012-13 campaign after suffering a torn ACL at the onset of the 2012 playoffs. He made his triumphant return in the season opener against the rival Miami Heat and has yet to sit out a contest since that debut.
It doesn't seem like this setback is too severe, judging from the way Rose described it, according to ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell: "It's just a minor sprain. Nothing serious. Hopefully I'll be better in a couple of days, but it's nothing big at all."
Friedell reported that the 25-year-old will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, but it doesn't currently look as if Rose will miss any time due to this injury. Chicago is off until Friday, when the squad travels to Canada to take on the Toronto Raptors.
When asked if he would be ready for the next game, Rose said, "I should be. It's nothing big at all. I'm still able to walk around, move around the way I want to. Just a little sore."
Head coach Tom Thibodeau echoed that sentiment, noting, "It looks like a minor right hamstring. We called the timeout just to get him out. He tweaked it. When he gets re-evaluated, we'll have more information. It appears to be minor."
As long as Rose is on the court, the Bulls will be a rock-solid squad that is capable of beating any opponent, any place at any time.
While the team came out of the gate slowly with a mediocre 3-3 start, it recently put together two solid wins in a row and seems to be on the verge of a big streak.
Chicago ranks second in the league in opponent scoring, conceding a mere 91 points per contest. Once Rose gets back into a rhythm and jump-starts an offense averaging just 92.3 points per game, the Bulls will become a force to be reckoned with.
It's going to take a lot more than a minor hamstring injury to derail this club, so Bulls fans should not panic over this latest issue with D-Rose.