Derrick Rose did not play during the Chicago Bulls 83-81 preseason win against the Washington Wizards. However, Rose says he is fine. “I’m good,” Rose told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “I could’ve played, but the front office made the decision to sit me out. I can’t complain about it. It’s nothing huge. I know that I should be able to go next game.”
The Bulls are being extremely cautious with Derrick Rose, and rightfully so. Chicago’s front office has made it clear that they plan to rest Derrick Rose whenever there is any sort of soreness in his surgically-repaired knee. “If there’s soreness, then we’re going to rest,” Forman said. “Any time you’re dealing with any type of injury or soreness you’re concerned. But it’s not a major red flag or huge concern.”
The absence of Derrick Rose did not cost the Chicago Bulls the game. Taj Gibson scored 18 points off the bench for the Bulls, who beat the Wizards by 2 points. The Bulls’ defense held John Wall to only 3 points in 22 minutes, forcing him to miss 8 of his 9 field goal attempts.
Derrick Rose played fairly well during his first two preseason games with the Chicago Bulls. In his first game since April 28, Rose scored 13 points in 20 minutes. In the next game, Rose scored 13 points once more, while grabbing 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
The Bulls managed to win 45 games without Derrick Rose last season, before getting knocked out of the second round by the Miami Heat. This time around, expectations are much higher due to the return of Rose. Many fans around the league expect a NBA Finals appearance for the first time since the 1997-98 season. When healthy, Rose and the Bulls can give the two-peat defending Miami Heat a run for their money.