Rose Feels Good After Return from Injury
(Derrick) Rose was alright on most counts Sunday afternoon. After missing the past 12 games because of a groin injury, Rose scored 29 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists in his return. He also ended up playing 39 minutes. The only problem for Rose was that when he had the chance to salt the game away at the free-throw line, he missed two shots with 19.4 seconds that would have done it. The Bulls, who had a three-point lead at the time, couldn’t hold on due to the fact that Rose and Luol Deng (who missed two free throws seconds earlier) couldn’t make the big shots when they counted.
“I told them where if I was out there and we needed to win the game, I wanted to be in the game and [Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau] put me in,” Rose said. “I missed them damn free throws. Next time, I know I’ll for sure hit one of them.”
Aside from the missed free throws, Rose said he felt fine in his return.
“I felt good,” Rose said. “When I was out there [I was] just getting my groove back. My wind was OK; just playing. It just felt good to be out there.”
Thibodeau noted before the game that he may try to limit Rose’s minutes in the beginning, just to see how his start was feeling, but that plan went out the window when the game went into overtime.
“He said he was great,” Thibodeau said. “I talked to [athletic trainer] Fred [Tedeschi] during the game, he said he was fine so he’s good.”