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Rose will not play against Cavs
CLEVELAND — Derrick Rose was ruled out of Friday night’s game against the Cavaliers before he even warmed up.
Rose wanted to play against rookie point guard Kyrie Irving tonigh but after missing two straight games he was still wearing a walking boot.
“I definitely want to be out there [Friday]. Especially [Friday],” he said. “But you have to make the smartest decision not only for me but for my teammates.”
Rose said his sprained left big toe feels much like the turf toe he sustained during his second NBA season, although coach Tom Thibodeau said because the sprain occurred to the top of his toe it’s officially deemed a sprain.
“It’s exactly what it is,” Rose said when asked if it compared to his previous injury. “I wasn’t able to bend my toe in like three years. When that happened it bent it and it aggravated it and I played on it sooner than I was suppose to play on it and it was real bad.”
Rose said he feels “a little regret” about playing last weekend, which only re-aggravated the injury he initially suffered against the Timberwolves on Jan. 10. He also said while the swelling is down the injury remains painful.
Irving, who, like Rose, played only one collegiate season before being the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, is averaging 17.7 point per game. What makes those numbers more surprising is that he only played 11 games at Duke because of an injury.
“He’s a great player,” Rose said. “He’s at a young age but you can tell he knows a lot about the game. He’s a skilled player. [Cavaliers coach] Byron [Scott] has done a great job of letting him play through his mistakes and I know he won’t do nothing but get better.”
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is also highly complimentary of Irving, who, like Rose, only played one collegiate season before being picked No. 1 overall in the draft.