NBA: Bulls lose Rose for playoffs with torn knee ligament

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CHICAGO – Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, last year’s NBA Most Valuable Player, suffered a torn left knee ligament in a victory over Philadelphia and will miss the rest of the playoffs, the Bulls said Saturday.

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose reats after injuring his leg in the fourth quarter of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Chicago. The Bulls won 103-91. AP/DAILY HERALD, JOHN STARKS

Rose, who had missed 27 games this season with various injuries, scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds while adding nine assists in a 103-91 Bulls triumph to open an Eastern Conference best-of-seven first-round series.

But the news about Rose stole any joy from the victory for the Bulls, who still need 15 more playoff triumphs to achieve their goal of a championship.

“It’s like the saddest win,” Bulls guard Kyle Korver said.

The injury, which came when Rose planted his feet for a jump shot with about 80 seconds remaining and the Bulls well ahead, also means that Rose almost certainly won’t play for the United States at the London Olympics.

Injuries to star players have been a fear even before the start of the season after a money dispute between club owners and players forced the season to be cut to 66 games over a condensed four-month span that ended Thursday.

“Because of the Greed of the NBA another great player goes down in Derrick Rose,” ex-NBA and current China league star Stephon Marbury posted on his Twitter site. “To(o) many games in such a short time. Players need to learn.”

Most of the tweets from NBA players were get-well wishes for Rose and New York’s Iman Shumpert, who also went down with an injury in a playoff opener on Saturday.

“Hate to see that happen to D Rose. Wishing him a speedy recovery,” said Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin.

Rose missed 12 games this season for a groin injury and five games each for back, toe and ankle problems. The Bulls went 18-9 without him and 32-7 the rest of the season.

“I just feel bad for him,” Bulls teammate Carlos Boozer said before Rose’s diagnosis was made official. “He has been through so much this season. The kid can’t catch a break.”

“Let’s keep the rest of the NBA playoffs healthy,” Minnesota star Kevin Love posted. “D Rose and Shump, speedy recoveries.”
Charlotte Bobcats forward D.J. White summed up how most teams felt about their star players in referencing Miami’s Dwyane Wade, tweeting, “After the injuries to Rose and Shumpert I would take Wade out of the game immediately.”

Rose, All-Star center Dwight Howard and guard Chauncey Billups have suffered season-ending injuries after being named to the US Olympic preliminary roster.

Rose was among 10 players from the US team that won the 2010 world title, the best of which were expected to mix with the top stars from the 2008 Olympic gold medal squad to provide a formidable London Olympic line-up.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, New Jersey’s Deron Williams and Chris Paul of the Clippers could fill a similar role as Rose in the American lineup as they try to defend their 2008 gold medal.

Jeremy Lin, the first NBA player of Taiwan heritage who became an overnight sensation with the New York Knicks after leading them to seven wins in a row, was not among Olympic finalists because of the depth at the same position.

Originally posted at 05:57 am | Sunday, April 29, 2012

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  • limcat

    No way they’ll reach the finals w/o Rose, too bad!

  • wawa2172

    Derrick Rose is not man of steal. He is just too overused by Chicago and he can’t sustained to be in good health all the way. That is how some other team is doing, like the Mavericks, they are not really on the top of the conference but Dirk is well rested and could on top condition for the playoff battle perhaps up to the championship. Spurs had rested its top player before ending its season. Well, Rose maybe good but not in a team that would give him rest till he is down. But will see bilog ang bula…Chicago still have the chance having the home court advantage.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Tsk.. I’m even hoping to see a good match between Heat and Bulls, but without Derrick Rose it won’t be that exciting anymore.

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