BOSTON -- Derrick Rose wants to play in every game on the Chicago Bulls schedule, and Sundays match up against the Boston Celtics is one he did not want to miss. But a lingering back injury has forced the reigning MVP to sit out against their Eastern Conference foe.
Its killing me right now not being able to play, Rose said prior to the game. When I do play, my minutes are definitely down and not being healthy is definitely getting to me, especially missing this game. Just got to stay positive and hope for the best.
Rose did not play in the Bulls 95-64 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday. He took the court for warm ups on Sunday with the intention of making his return. Rose felt pain, though, and was told by coaches not to play. He will see a specialist on Monday.
Ive got to be able to move, get up without hurting, be myself, he said. Whenever I feel that theres no pain there anymore, I know Ill be ready.
In the meantime, Rose will have to watch from the sidelines as his teammates take on the Celtics and his point guard counterpart, Rajon Rondo. Rose outscored Rondo, 25-14, in the Bulls win over the C's last month, while Rondo dished 11 assists to Rose's seven.
Rondos a guy thats extremely dangerous, where he can control the game without scoring, said Rose. Hes definitely a talent. Thats why hes one of the elite point guards in the NBA.