Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will miss Wednesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers with right hamstring tendinitis, the team announced about an hour before tip-off. Kirk Hinrich will get the start at point guard.
Rose has stayed mostly healthy this season after fracturing an orbital bone in training camp. This will only be the third game he’s missed in the regular season, and there are currently no indications that this injury is serious.
Still, this ailment comes at an unfortunate time for the 27-year-old. Rose has been struggling all year to find a groove, but he’d started to show some real improvement over the last few games.
Rose scored a season-high 34 points on Dec. 18 against the Detroit Pistons, and then after two duds, he had games of 19, 25 and 20 points, respectively. The last two games represented the first time he scored 20 points in back-to-back games all season, and one of those games included an efficient 12-of-20 shooting performance.
Rose is averaging 14.4 points and 5.1 assists while shooting just 38.6 percent overall and 24.6 percent from three on the year.