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Derrick Rose Expected to Return Wednesday vs. Magic

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose underwent surgery on Feb. 27 to remove the damaged part of his torn right meniscus, and after nearly six weeks of rehab, Rose is set to return to the lineup against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday:

Rose hasn’t played since Feb. 23 against the Milwaukee Bucks, when he scored just eight points on 1-of-13 shooting. He missed 20 games and the Bulls went 10-10 in his absence. Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson also missed some time during Rose’s absence.

This surgery was Rose’s third knee surgery since May 2012 after he tore his left ACL in the first game of the postseason. He underwent surgery to repair a torn right meniscus in Nov. 2013, but the repair didn’t hold and he opted for the removal of the damaged part this time around for a quicker recovery.

Rose will be limited to 20 minutes in his return, and there’s a chance that he could also play on the second night of a back-to-back against the Miami Heat on Thursday:

Rose doesn’t have much time to get acclimated again, as there’s less than two weeks to go in the regular season. The Bulls have five games left, so the hope is he can find his rhythm as quickly as possible in time for the postseason.

Prior to this latest knee surgery, Rose was inconsistent when he was on the floor, although he had several games where he looked like his old self. He’s averaging 18.4 points and 5.0 assists on the year while shooting 40.7 percent overall and 28.7 percent from three.

 

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