Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose injured his right ankle in the second quarter of Sunday afternoon's loss to the New York Knicks and is a game-time decision for Tuesday night's rematch.
Rose was wearing a walking boot early Monday but later was seen without it. He received treatment on the ankle Tuesday morning, but he said there's still some swelling and pain. The Chicago Tribune initially reported Rose's situation.The Knicks, and in particularly, Iman Shumpert, did a great job defending Rose in Sunday's game, but Rose is obviously one of the most talented players in the NBA and still managed to go off in the second half and steal the win for Chicago. The last thing the Knicks need is Rose and the Bulls to come out with revenge on their minds and play like the #1 team they are.
However, if Rose is out, it doesn't nearly guarantee a win for the Knicks. Rose had recently missed 12 games and the Bulls went 8-4 in his absence. Likewise, losing a top gun can inspire a team and the Bulls are pretty tough in the United Center where they are 22-6.
Regardless, tonight is another big game and big test for the Knicks, with or without the potent flowery one.