Derrick Rose had a solid game against the Indiana Pacers, arguably his best of the season. He scored 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting and dished for six assists. He also hit both of his three-point attempts after starting the season knocking down only one of his first 17 attempts. So, as is typical of all things Rose, as soon as he started playing well, he rolled his ankle going to the rim and missed the remainder of the game.
It appears, though, that for once injury news regarding Rose may not be serious. After the game, Rose told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
“I twisted it along the baseline … just a regular ankle sprain,” Rose said. “It throbs a little bit but nothing out of the norm, so I’m all right. Right now I just need to get treatment, have some ice on it a little bit. After this, just get off my feet and elevate it and put some more ice on it.”
Johnson also tweeted more good news today. “No boot. Bulls will release injury report later. Would guess Rose is questionable for Suns game.”
Including regular season and postseason games going back to last year’s games, Rose has started 27 consecutive games for the Bulls—the longest such streak since he won the MVP back in 2010-11. In the grand scheme of Rose injuries, this doesn’t seem like the worst of all of them, but the timing is bad, as it would have been an opportunity to string two good starts in a row, something he hasn’t done all season.