Peterson to Rose: Don't back down

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Peterson to Rose: Don't back down

It wasn't too long ago that a torn ACL was a potentially career-threatening injury for a basketball or football player. At the very least, an injury like that would keep an elite player from performing at his highest level for 18 months or so.

Not anymore.

Adrian Peterson tore his ACL in late December 2011, but when the Vikings went to take the field for in their first regular season game Sept. 9, Peterson was out there in his pads, ready to get back to work.

Two months later, the man nicknamed "All Day" has been running all over opposing defense, averaging a career-high 5.8 yards per carry and currently leads the NFL in rushing, with over 100 yards more than any other player in the league.

The city of Chicago knows a thing or two about torn ACLs, as they are currently witnessing a Bulls team try to get things together without MVP Derrick Rose, who tore his left ACL in late April.

On a conference call Wednesday, Peterson told Chicago media he has not yet talked to Rose about recovering from such a devastating injury, but planned to.

"It's funny you bring that up because I plan on calling the day after tomorrow," Peterson said. "I just got his contact this weekend, just to talk to him a little bit and see how things are going with him and to answer any questions he has for me."

As far as what advice he would give the Bulls superstar, Peterson had an answer ready.

"It depends on the questions he has," Peterson said. "The one piece of advice I can give him is have your mind set on what you want to accomplish and know, after four months that ligament is stable and strong, so don't back down from anything. I know around that time, my leg was still a little sore too but the ligament was strong, almost stronger than the right side. So you can't be scared to challenge and do different things."

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Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Can the Bulls get one on the Bucks? The Bulls are 0-3 against the Bucks so far this season and it hasn't been pretty. The Bucks have won the previous three meetings all by double digits and by an average of 19 points. The youth and athleticism of the Bucks has been a tough matchup for the Bulls so far.

2. Containing Giannis. There may be no stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bulls can at least try to contain him. Antetokounmpo is averaging 23 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. In three games against the Bulls this year he has averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest. If the Bulls are to stay in the game, they will need to keep him to numbers lower than that.

3. Playoff implications. The Bulls playoff hopes are still alive with nine games remaining, but things are looking a bit bleak. The Bulls are a game and a half out of the eighth playoff spot, but only 3.5 games behind two teams tied for the No. 5 seed, the Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have won three in a row to improve their position.

4. Mirotic on a roll. Streaky play is nothing new to Nikola Mirotic, but he's on a good run currently. After scoring a season-high 28 points on Wednesday against the Pistons, Mirotic followed that up with 15 points against the 76ers. Since missing three straight games earlier this month, Mirotic has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games and is averaging 15.6 points during that stretch.

5. Beginning of a tough stretch. The Bulls' playoff hopes could be made or broken in the next three games. After taking on the Bucks, which occupy a playoff spot, the Bulls host two more Eastern Conference playoff teams in Cleveland and Atlanta. The Bulls need to string some wins together and this is not an easy stretch to do so against.

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