CHARLOTTE According to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose and Luol Deng are game-time decisions for Wednesday nights game against the Bobcats and its unlikely that the All-Star duo willparticipate in the teams morning shootaround.Well find out shortly, but theyre still sore, said Thibodeau, who added probably not, when asked if either of the players would take part in the shootaround session, held at Time Warner Cable Arena. But well see. Well see tonight."Rose missed Mondays home loss to lowly Washington with soreness in his right foot, something that occurred following Sundays overtime win at Detroit.Soreness from just playing. I didn't feel anything until after the game, right after the game, walking back to the locker room, it was kind of sore. Taking my shoe off just hurt, throbbing. Walking was kind of messed up, explained Rose, who insisted that he doesnt have tendonitis at least not in his ankle, though he admitted to having the issue in his knees before or plantar fasciitis, an injury that hobbled teammates Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson in the past. I can remember a little bit, tweaked it a little bit, but I should be all right.Its not my actual bone. Its the tendon to around my ankle. It has fluid on them and the fluid caused pain, so right now Im just waiting for the fluid to move around. Try to get it out as quick as possible, he continued. Its definitely new.Added Thibodeau: My understanding, it wasnt a specific play. It was more after the game, so usually, if its a twisted ankle, you can see the play that it happened on. This wasnt the case.My understanding is a sore foot, so hes being treated daily and hes improving. Thats the most important thing, continued the coach, who noted that the foot injury wasnt connected to Roses previously sprained right ankle. Overall, Roses ankle is good. He said hes feeling better. This is a different injury, so hopefully itll be cleared up quickly.As for Deng, the first-time All-Star missed Mondays game with a rib injury after taking a shot from former teammate Ben Gordon in Sundays win. While Thibodeau doesnt necessarily believe Deng, who averages the most minutes per game in the league, needs the rest, he acknowledged that it could be beneficial to eighth-year small forwards left wrist, in which he suffered torn ligaments, causing him to miss nine games earlier in the season.I guess thats the way you have to look at it. If he cant play, then it is time off, Thibodeau reasoned. Hes been off 10 games this year, so from a rest standpoint, hes good, but we want him to be healthy. Thats important.
CLEVELAND — Andrew Miller added another impressive chapter to an already legendary postseason performance on Tuesday night.
The Cleveland Indians reliever pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh inning to preserve a three-run lead and help his team achieve a 6-0 victory over the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series in front of 38,091 at Progressive Field.
Despite putting four men on base, Miller added two more scoreless innings to his 2016 playoff résumé. Miller also struck out more three batters, giving him 24 in 13 2/3 innings this postseason, the second most by any reliever in playoff history. Critical to the effort was the strikeout of Cubs veteran David Ross with a checked swing on a 3-2 slider to strand the bases loaded in the seventh.
“You’re just trying to see the ball as long as you can and stay up the middle,” Ross said. “The 3-1, that’s the one that kinda messed me up. It didn’t break as much, so now you’re like ‘OK, let’s protect and just battle.’ ... Looking back at it, I wish I just stood there and not swung at all. If I could rewind. If it were that easy. I wish it was. And then he’d throw one right down the middle and America hates me.”
Ross has had his share of success against Miller before, though it all came when the left-hander was still a struggling starting pitcher. The veteran catcher is 3-for-5 with a walk against Miller in his career. But that wasn’t the reason Cubs manager Joe Maddon opted to stay with Ross instead of pinch hit for him with either Jorge Soler or Albert Almora Jr. with two outs in the seventh inning and Miller struggling for the first time all postseason.
With a man on and nobody out, Miller took over for Corey Kluber and walked Kyle Schwarber — only Miller’s third free pass of the postseason. Javy Baez followed with a single to load the bases.
But Miller rebounded quickly and retired Willson Contreras on a fly out to shallow center before he struck out Addison Russell. Based on his experience, Maddon thought Ross was the right man for the spot.
“I thought David could hit him or David would accept his walk more than the other guys,” Maddon said. “David works good at-bats in that moment. So I felt good about him, actually. I felt better about him.
“I think with Soler coming off the bench or Albert they had less of a chance than David because I thought there was a two-fold opportunity to either get the hit or draw the walk.”
Ross worked the count to his favor quickly as he took a fastball for a ball, and after swinging and missing a slider, took two more balls to get ahead 3-1. But Miller dropped a slider in for a called strike and then turned to it once again, getting Ross to commit just enough for the third strike. The strikeout improved the Indians’ chances of winning by 26.5 percent, up to 94.7, according to fangraphs.com.
“I was trying to throw a really good one because if he hits it, it goes a long way,” Miller said. “That’s David Ross. I think even he would say, you can pitch to him, but if you throw something in his wheelhouse it’s going to go a long way and do some damage. Fortunate that it worked out. I threw a good one that was in a spot that he went after in the situation.”
Miller struggled again in the eighth inning as he walked Kris Bryant and allowed a Ben Zobrist single with two outs. But Miller — who allowed two hits and two walks for the first time all season in 77 appearances — struck out Kyle Schwarber to strand the pair.
The Indians’ key acquisition before the July 31 trade deadline threw 46 pitches, the most he’s thrown in a game since Sept. 8, 2011, when he was still a starter.
Indians manager Terry Francona wouldn’t commit to whether or not he’d use Miller in Game 2 on Wednesday. Francona cited how Miller bounced back after throwing 40 pitches in a Game 1 victory over Boston in the American League Division Series and would have been ready if needed. But any number of factors could keep Miller from pitching, and Francona is happy to have a 1-0 series lead in his pocket.
“I don’t know,” Francona said. “He was ready to come back and pitch the next night. I just think there’s a lot that can happen.
“But we won tonight. I think when you have a lead, you try to win.”