Despite latest injury, Rose to attempt to play in Knicks rematch?

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Despite latest injury, Rose to attempt to play in Knicks rematch?

"I thought I was done with it, too," said a frustrated Derrick Rose, just before facing a deluge of questions from the assembled media at the Berto Center.

By "it," Rose meant injury questions, as he returned to the Bulls lineup Sunday afternoon after missing 12 consecutive game with a strained right groin. However, during the second quarter of that Easter afternoon loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Rose suffered what he termed a "sprain" on his right ankle in the second quarter of the eventual overtime defeat.

"I think I was driving and twisted my ankle, and you know how I am. If its a close game or a game I want to get, Im going to continue to play and that ended up making it worse. Just an ankle sprain and hopefully Ill be over it in a couple of days. The only thing I can do is try to stay positive. God does everything for a reason. I dont know the reason right now. Just trying to fight through it and just trying to cheer on my teammates," he said after the teams Tuesday-morning shootaround, prior to the evenings rematch with New York at the United Center. "It was something I knew was big. In the fourth quarter, thats why I was walking the ball up the majority of the time. I wasnt running because of the throbbing, but I was just trying to win the game and it definitely hurts losing the game and definitely if I have to sit out this game. If I do choose to play or choose not to play, its definitely going to hurt. That game right there hurt a lot."

"I think it was Knicks swingman Landry Fields. I remember driving middle and Fields was right there. I was thinking about passing and I just felt my ankle turn. I just threw the ball and Taj ended up catching it. He gave it back to me and I couldnt move. I threw it to Lu when he was under the basket and I dont know what happened after that," continued Rose, who sprained the same ankle during last springs first-round playoff series against the Pacers. "When your blood is going and pumped up, you usually dont feel it. I sat on the bench for a little bit. It was throbbing a little bit, then I got back into the game, I think in the fourth quarter and movement was a little difficult, but if anything, Im just mad that we lost the game."

Rose indicated that this is truly a game-time decisionas did Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, who knowingly says the phrase even when theres no possibility that Rose suits up, though this scenario is different than the All-Star point guard was out with the aforementioned groin injurybut while he didnt participate in the shootaround, Rose will make an effort to play in Tuesdays contest, something a source familiar with the situation confirmed to CSNChicago.com.

"I really dont know. Ive got to see how it is after treatment," said Rose. "Right now, every day its getting better. I got a lot of treatment yesterday. Last night, coming back in this morning. Every day, every treatment, its getting better, so after I get done talking to you all, Ill get some more treatment. Ill go to the UC later on, get some more treatment, see how it feels."

"Its still swollen," continued the leagues reigning MVP. "Got to keep padding on it."

This is my first time ever being injured in my life like this and its definitely frustrating missing all these games, but Im just trying to stay positive, trying to keep my head up and just try to work as hard as I can.

Thibodeau, who admitted he didnt notice the injury during the game, but caught it when reviewing the film of Sundays defeat, added: "Itll be game time."

"He has to be healthy, he has to be cleared. He said hes feeling better this morning, but hes got to make sure that he can go. If he cant go, our guys have shown we have more than enough to win with," he continued. "If hes hurt, hes hurt. He cant go. But if hes healthy, he goes.

"Part of the game."

On the bright side, Rose said he didnt feel any negative effects from his groin injury, either during or after Sundays game.

"Its behind me. I didnt even feel it that game," he said. "Just trying to get my driving game back. My shot was OK. Just got to get used to attacking again."

Rose acknowledged that his own injury woes, as well as those to teammates like backcourt partner Rip Hamilton, mean the Bulls have to find their chemistry again, especially after already dropping three games in April, as they try to protect the Eastern Conferences top seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

"Its huge, especially right now. We have to catch a rhythm. Ive been out the majority of the year with all these injuries. A couple other players have been out a little bit, but if anything, were happy that weve been together," he explained. "This is basically the same team from last year. We know everybodys tendencies on the team. We know how to play with one another, but its going to take a little time for us to jell."

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

In a season where the triple-double has become commonplace to the point of stat chasing in the effort to chase history, Dwyane Wade didn't mind snatching his own piece of turf.

In a game where teammate Jimmy Butler reached the feat for the first time this season, it would've been doubly satisfactory for Wade to achieve the fifth triple-double of his career.

One rebound away in the final seconds of the Bulls' 117-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the memo didn't reach Cristiano Felicio, who reached over Wade to grab a rebound, causing it to harmlessly fall out of bounds and ending Wade's chance at history.

After Wade finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 34 minutes, he was asked if he "hated" Felicio for interrupting his moment.

"No hate. Just a strong dislike, though," said Wade with a wry smile. "You know how long it's been since I had a triple double? It's been a long time."

It's been six years, as his last triple-double came in the 2010-11 season with the Miami Heat, achieving the feat with a 22-point, 12-rebound and 10-assist performance against the then-Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 4, 2011.

Even more than the statistical feat was Wade's variety, as he grabbed seven rebounds in the decisive third-quarter run that broke the game open, hitting Butler and Bobby Portis for long touchdown passes that would've had Jay Cutler or whichever quarterback the Cleveland Browns are banking on next fall, blushing.

Perhaps even more impressive was the fact it was on the second night of a back-to-back with the Bulls winning in overtime against the Phoenix Suns—a game where Wade turned it up late then threw it down over Alex Len in overtime.

"I think we just found our groove," Wade said. "We've had some injuries that have gone on but we're playing good basketball."

More pointedly, so is Wade, aided by him often finding Felicio for easy dunks on the pick and roll as they play second and fourth quarters together. 

Felicio was clearly bothered by his gaffe, which was made worse by the take-no-prisoners approach from Wade and Butler. When a member of foreign media approached him about an interview, Felicio said "you're not asking me about that last rebound, are you?"

Later in the evening, Felicio went to Twitter, posting "I did not know!!" in reference to Wade's night.

"I told him I didn't not even gonna act like I ain't mad at him. I'm very mad at him," said Wade with a laugh. "But he's all good. He said he didn't see me down there. So he took a shot at my height. It's cool. Jimmy had one. It would've been nice to have two triple doubles."

"I'm sure a stat would've came out that would've said, ‘Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are the first duo to get a triple-double on a back-to-back since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen', since they got every record around here."

He was close, although Jordan and Pippen didn't achieve their feat on a back-to-back but a random night in the 1988-89 season. Jordan scored 41 with 11 assists and 10 rebounds and Pippen had 15 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 126-121 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We laugh about that often, but it's all good," Wade said. "I gotta work harder till I get another one one day."

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