Rose injured his knee during the third quarter of the team’s 98-95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night and didn’t return. It was a non-contact play and he was assisted to the locker room, he left the arena on crutches.
He scored 20 points (on 6-of-19 shooting), grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists and he swiped two steals.
Rose was averaging 15.9 points per game, 4.3 assists per game, and 3.2 rebounds per game in 10 contests this season. He was converting 35.4% of his field goals, 34% of his 3-pointers and 84% of his free throw attempts.
He sat out the entire 2012-2013 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs. His injury on Friday was not to the same knee, but he had issues with his right hamstring earlier this season. Losing Rose for any significant amount of time changes the dynamic of the Bulls as they lose an explosive player who has to guarded out of respect for his immense talent and the ability he brings to the court.
Jimmy Butler has been struggling a little bit this season, he’s averaging just 11.2 points per game as opposed to his 14.5ppg in 20 starts last season. Butler is the one player who will need to step his game up and take some of the load off Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng. He was a huge revelation for the Bulls last season and a reason they surprised as many as they did.
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