NBA News: Rose injured again in Bulls-Heat game; return indefinite

Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune
Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune

Rose suffers yet another injury, further cutting Fred Hoiberg’s rotation for the Chicago Bulls.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has been plagued by a number of injuries these past few seasons, and is having more trouble getting back to his pre-injury form.

Rose was limited to just over a quarter’s worth of action and failed to finish their game against the Miami Heat on Monday night. He was reportedly suffering from lower back and hamstring injuries that hampered his play in the first half, then left the game in the second half and did not return.

For the game, Rose recorded four points with an assist in 13 minutes and 1 second of play. Chicago Bulls Head Coach Fred Hoiberg downplayed the latest injury to beset Rose following the 84-89 loss at home.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose sits on the bench during their game against the Miami Heat. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune

Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune

“Hamstring soreness,” Hoiberg said of Rose’s condition to the Chicago Trubune. “We will reevaluate (Tuesday morning).”

Rose joins the likes of Kirk Hinrich (left quad contusion), Joakim Noah (left shoulder), and Mike Dunleavy (back) on the growing injured list for the Chicago Bulls.

Despite seeing the latest star to go down with injuries, Hoiberg still saw the fight in his players. However, the team failed to close out the game in the fourth quarter and resulted in the loss.

“We had stretches (Monday night) where we played really well. We had a nine-point lead, they called a time out (and) we talked about building on it, pushing that lead to double-figures. We never did,” added Hoiberg.

“They came down, it was too easy for them. Wade was tough in isolation situations. We had some very good stretches early in the game. The fourth quarter got tough on us and we didn’t handle it well.”

Dwyane Wade led Miami with 28 points, while Pau Gasol led Chicago with 19 points and 17 rebounds. The Miami Heat is now 24-21 for the season, while the Chicago Bulls fell to 25-19.

The Bulls are set to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night to start a lengthy seven-game road trip.

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