Rose undergoes MRI on spained left ankle


Rose undergoes MRI on spained left ankle

Sunday, April 24, 2011
Posted: 5:39 p.m.
By Aggrey Sam

Although Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau insisted his point guard was "fine" and understudy C.J. Watson said he expected him to play in Tuesday's Game 5 Tuesday night, there is reason for concern in Chicago.

At Sunday's practice at the Berto Center, Bulls All-Star point guard Derrick Rose was in a walking boot after suffering an ankle injury during Saturday's Game 4.

According to a Bulls spokesman, postgame x-rays revealed a sprained left ankle - which Rose first asserted in postgame press conference - but while the tests were negative, Rose departed practice to undergo a precautionary MRI. The Chicago native didn't speak to reporters before leaving the organization's suburban practice facility.

Sunday was a light day for the Bulls - the team held a film session; Thibodeau and Rose reviewed game tape together before the coach spoke to the media - but Rose didn't participate in light shooting drills afterwards. If Rose were to miss Tuesday's game against the Pacers or play limited minutes, Watson would step in for him, according to Thibodeau.

Chicago currently holds a 3-1 lead over Indiana in the first-round playoff series following Saturday's loss to the Pacers. Rose suffered the injury while taking off for a layup late in the first quarter of Game 4, but returned to play early in the second period.

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Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Competing in Nebraska may have been foreign for most Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks players, but Doug McDermott and Kyle Korver were right at home. 

The veterans, who both starred at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., returned to their college stomping grounds for NBA preseason action Thursday night. Korver's Hawks got the best of McDermott's Bulls, 97-81, on Creighton's home floor.

Both had illustrious careers for the Blue Jays basketball squad. McDermott, who graduated in 2014, won the Wooden Award his senior season and is the all-time leading scorer. Korver, as you may have guessed, holds the school record for most three-pointers made. Fans at Thursday's game got a flashback from these glory days, as both logged significant minutes and put up offensive numbers. 

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McDermott didn't have his best shooting night, but knocked down two triples and finished with 16 points. Korver also scored 16, splashing in four from beyond the arc. 

Afterwards, McDermott thanked the Omaha faithful via Twitter.

With the loss, the Bulls' preseason ends with a record of 3-4. They open regular season play on Oct. 27 against the Boston Celtics. 


Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

OMAHA, Neb. — Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds in a 97-81 win over the Bulls.

Kyle Korver, who played at Creighton, also scored 16 points as Atlanta finished the preseason 5-2.

Jimmy Butler scored 16 points as Chicago wrapped up exhibition play at 3-4.

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HAWKS: Kent Bazemore had 15 points and nine rebounds. ... Korver made four 3-pointers.

BULLS: Doug McDermott, another former Creighton star playing in his college arena, scored 16 points but shot 5 for 15. ... Dwyane Wade (3 for 14) and Rajon Rondo (1 for 7) combined for just 11 points. Both had six assists.

UP NEXT: Atlanta (5-2) hosts Washington next Thursday in its season opener. Chicago (3-4) also opens Thursday against Boston.