“It’s just a minor strain, nothing serious,” said Rose, 24, who endured a torn ACL in his left knee in April 2012. “I should be ready [for Friday's game]. I’m still able to walk around, move around the way I want to. It’s just a little sore.”
The first overall pick in 2008 is only averaging 14.7 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds over six games.
Shooting a hideous 33% from the field, Rose clearly remains rusty after an 18-month absence from the hardwood.
Nevertheless, Rose looks fast, quick and explosive and will soon readapt.
Even without the youngest man to ever earn the MVP award, the fifth-seeded Bulls nearly forced the Miami Heat to fly back to Chicago for a Game 6 last May.
Apparently working with an increased vertical jump, a blooming Rose can help Chicago wilt the Heat in the spring.
Regardless of what ultimately occurs in the playoffs, Derrick Rose is “just a little sore” and the Bulls should trample the Raptors within 72 hours.by