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Rose Out Against Pistons with Sore Wrist
by Sam Smith
Posted on Mar 24
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Heck of a time to be without Derrick Rose.
Rose, arguably the most vital player on the Bulls, missed his first game of the season Tuesday. It, unfortunately, was against the Detroit Pistons in the key matchup of the teams currently seventh and eighth in the Eastern Conference.
Rose told reporters before Tuesday’s game he suffered a bruised wrist dunking the ball in the win over Washington Monday. Rose said he had an x-ray and MRI Tuesday morning and a bruise was revealed. Rose also said the wrist is sore and hurts when he tries to rotate the wrist.
Rose said it is possible he will also miss Thursday’s home game against Miami. Rose said rest was prescribed by team doctors.
The Pistons also were without key players with Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson all out with injuries.
Without Rose, the Bulls had to play Lindsey Hunter in the first quarter. Hunter had played in just six of the previous 34 games, and just once more than 10 minutes. It raised the question of whether the limited use of the bench would hurt the team with the Bulls mostly going with a seven player rotation in recent weeks. Tim Thomas did play Tuesday after suffering back issues in the Washington game. Luol Deng also remained out for the Bulls with a stress fracture. The Bulls were tied with Detroit at 43 at halftime. Kirk Hinrich starting for Rose led the Bulls with 11 in the first half.