We’ve been down this road before. The Chicago Bulls playing late in the fourth quarter when point guard Derrick Rose comes up short and begins limping. That was the case in April of 2012 when Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in game 1 of the Bulls first round playoff matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.
A scene that was eerily similar to the events that took place in the third quarter of the Bulls loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. After driving to the basket, Rose came up short on the follow through and was immediately taken out of the game. Rose was taken to the locker room after the third quarter and refrained from putting weight on the injured right knee. After the game, Rose was seen exiting the trainer’s room with crutches.
— Amanda Kaschube (@amandakaschube) November 23, 2013
There is no sugar coating this Bulls fans. The injury to Rose appears to be serious as the point guard is scheduled to take a MRI on Saturday. Though, early speculation is that Rose suffered a torn ACL in his right knee.
Early word on Rose is initial tests suggest acl tear on right knee. MRI to confirm soon. This is bad.
— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) November 23, 2013
It took tremendous perseverance for Rose to return after his first torn ACL, a injury that kept the former league MVP out for the entire 2012-2013 NBA season. Trying to return from a second ACL tear and be the same top-tier player may be an impossible task.
For now, all of Chicago will sit in somber as a city once again awaits the results of Rose’s MRI.