Derrick Rose may play Game 3
The Derrick Rose injury saga has become a perpetual annoyance for most NBA fans. But for Chicago Bulls fans, this could be the best news they have had in a long time. The Bulls have been stricken with the injury bug and could definitely use the emotional boost alone it would receive from a Derrick Rose return, even if it meant limited minutes.
According to Alex Kennedy, Bulls fans might get their wish as early as Game 3.
Throughout the season, many have wondered why the Chicago Bulls haven’t ruled out Derrick Rose and put an end to the speculation that he would return before the start of next year.
The reason they’ve kept the possibility open is because they genuinely believe that Rose may be able to make his season debut at some point, possibly as early as Game 3 against the Miami HEAT.
Word out of Chicago is that Rose may suit up for Game 3, which will be played this Friday. Suiting up doesn’t guarantee that Rose will play, but being in uniform on the bench rather than donning a suit would be a step forward for the 24-year-old. Nothing has been confirmed at this point, but it’s a possibility.
Rose probably wouldn’t contribute much on the court, because the Bulls’ staff would limit his minutes. However, that may not stop coach Thibodeau as he gives his players very little rest. All kidding aside, if Rose could contribute even limited minutes on the court, it would give this injury depleted Bulls teams a huge boost in a series they already lead 1-0.
If Rose suits up in Game 3, he would be available in case of emergency. He hasn’t played since tearing his ACL in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Game 3 will be played in Chicago, so if Rose is able to suit up it would be in front of the home crowd.
Doctors cleared the superstar point guard two months ago and he has been practicing with the team, so it’s realistic to think that the former MVP is ready to contribute, even if he’s just playing limited minutes off of the bench.