According to a report from HoopsWorld.com, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose may make his long awaited return from his knee injury in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Miami Heat.
Derrick Rose has faced scrutiny for sitting out during the playoffs despite being cleared by team doctors to resume basketball activities. The Bulls have been undermanned as of late with Luol Deng out with a spinal tap, Kirk Hinrich battling a calf injury, and Nate Robinson receiving stitches for a cut lip in the team's Game 1 victory against the Miami Heat.
Bulls team doctors cleared Rose to play two months ago, but Rose still felt uncomfortable and said he during feel alright dunking off of that leg. Now with the Bulls having ailing at the point guard decision, that may just sway Rose to return for the Bulls. Rose complained that a lack of muscle memory is what has been keeping him from returning to the Bulls lineup.
Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in Game 1 in the first round of last year's playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers. Coach Tom Thibodeau had been criticized for keeping Rose in the game so late with the Bulls up by 12. Rose underwent surgery on his knee May 12, 2012 and hasn't played since his injury against the Sixers.
The HoopsWorld.com report by Alex Kennedy said that Derrick Rose may suit up for Game 3, however, suiting up for the game doesn't necessarily mean that Rose will see any playing time. The report reads,
Word out of Chicago is that Rose may suit up for Game 3, which will be played this Friday. Suiting up doesn’t guarantee that Rose will play, but being in uniform on the bench rather than donning a suit would be a step forward for the 24-year-old. Nothing has been confirmed at this point, but it’s a possibility.
The reality is that if Rose does in fact return, he would not play very many minutes and would probably just be the emergency point guard, but just his presence on the bench being suited up will be motivating for the Bulls.
The Bulls have absolutely overachieved this postseason defeating the favored Brooklyn Nets in seven games despite having injuries to key players and winning Game 1 against the heavily favored Miami Heat. Chicago has got a lot of help from its bit players during this current run, most notably Nate Robinson who has carried this team on his back and has blossomed into a leader.
Game 3 of the Bulls-Heat series shifts back to the United Center and, if Rose returns, it will be a true madhouse at the Madhouse on Madison.