Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose suffered a hyperextended left elbow March 29 against the Indiana Pacers and would not return. After suiting up March 31, he once again exited because of an elbow injury, and had not played since. However, he appears ready to return to the court.
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Rose Active vs. Grizzlies
Tuesday, April 5
Rose told reporters he's playing on Tuesday night against Memphis.
Injuries Have Sapped Rose's Explosiveness
Although Rose has flashed improved form since the All-Star break, he's still not back on the level he showcased en route to the MVP Award for the 2010-11 campaign. Whether he will ever become that player again for an extended period is a mystery.
Of course, that uncertainty is mostly due to his extensive history of injuries. It seems there's a setback every time he's about to turn the corner toward a period of good health. The most recent concern was a lingering groin problem.
Chicago has become accustomed to playing without Rose in recent years, but that doesn't mean his injuries don't have an impact. He's still a key part of the team's winning equation when on the court and playing his best basketball.