Derrick Rose will miss the remainder of the NBA Playoffs with a torn ACL in his left knee after he tried to leap in the lane in game one of the Chicago Bulls first round series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The injury came with 1:10 left in the game, with the Bulls up 99-87 en route to a 103-91 win. Rose had 23 points nine rebounds and nine assists before he was hurt.
Rose missed 26 of the Chicago Bulls 66 games during the regular season with an assortment of injuries, but the Bulls still managed to win 50 games and earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference. But getting to an NBA title without the reigning league MVP will be a major hurdle and the rest of the Bulls know it.
It's like the saddest win, Kyle Korver said after the win. Regardless, we've got to pick ourselves up. We've played a lot of games this year without him. So maybe it was just getting us ready for this.
Even his opponents were sad to see Rose go down.
I definitely hope he keeps his spirits up, 76ers guard Evan Turner said. You never want to see that happen, especially to someone who represents the league so well. But prayers go to his speedy recovery.
Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau has been criticized by Chicago media throughout the season for leaving his best players on the floor when the game had already been decided, and this injury should fan those flames even further.
The Bulls and 76ers get back at it on Tuesday night at the United Center for game 2.
The 23-year-old Rose will miss the Summer Olympics in London now as well. He now joins Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups as members of the preliminary 20-man roster who will not be able to join the team in London due to injury.
It's not only stars who have suffered however. Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert came down with the exact same injury as Rose on the same night when he fell during the Knicks 100-67 loss to the Miami Heat in game one of their series.
In hindsight, it now appears as though the hectic pace of the 66 game, lockout-shortened, schedule may have caused led to some extra injuries. Those extra bumps and bruises, even on players who will play, could be the difference between the podium and going home empty handed for Team USA.