Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who has dealt with a litany of injuries in recent seasons, is "extremely doubtful" to play Wednesday night, according to head coach Fred Hoiberg, due to an ankle sprain. The Bulls open a four-game road trip in Phoenix against the Suns, and have upcoming dates on Friday and Tuesday.
Rose rolled his ankle driving into the lane during the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ 96-95 win over the Pacers on Monday. He sat out the final minutes of the game and when asked about it in a postgame interview, Rose said: "I felt like if I was out there I would’ve hurt the team, I wasn’t able to move around how I wanted to…but it’s a normal ankle injury, I should be alright."
"It’s extremely doubtful that he’ll go," Hoiberg said Wednesday. "He didn’t do much in shoot around this morning. Really just tried to get loose, but he’s still got quite a bit of soreness in that ankle. The big thing is we don’t want to take any chances at this time of year and make it a lingering issue."
Rose was hoping to play in all of Chicago’s west coast games but claimed on Wednesday that his ankle is still sore. "[I] really got to pay attention to my body, listen to my body ... It's just a regular ankle sprain. Haven’t sprained this ankle in a long time. It’s kind of a weird feeling at first getting an injury like this again."
Rose added he experienced no swelling and has gone through multiple treatments since Monday.
In addition to the sprain, Rose has been having issues with blurry vision as a result of his recovery from surgery to repair an orbital bone fracture. Before leaving the game Monday, Rose was having one of his best games of the young season. He scored 23 points and six assists on 9-of-18 shooting in 33 minutes.
Hoiberg said Rose is day-to-day but has been pleased with what he’s seen from his point guard.
"I've been really pleased with Derrick the way he's gone out and approached things, the amount of work he's put in," Hoiberg said. It was great to see him have the type of game he did the other night."
After playing the Suns, the Bulls continue their road trip at Golden State on Friday and have three days off out west before facing the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. They return to the midwest to face the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 27.