Derrick Rose Is Wearing a Walking Boot

Derrick Rose rolling his ankle on his way to the hoop. (image via CBS Eye on Basketball)

I fully expect Derrick Rose to play in Game 5 on Tuesday. This kid is a pitbull.

But though x-rays were negative, he did not practice with his team today and is instead now puttering around in a protective walking boot and scheduled to have an MRI to see if there is any ligament damage.

Matt Moore of CBS breaks it down.

Derrick Rose sprained his ankle in Game 4 versus the Pacers on Saturday. On Sunday at practice, Rose didn’t participate, and via ESPN Chicago, was in a walking boot at practice.

Ruh-roh.

Rose is getting an MRI this afternoon, and will be re-evaluated by team doctors after that. Now, the walking boot is likely precautionary. It’s not a sign of significant injury, it’s usually just used to stabilize the ankle and foot. It’s not a good thing, but it’s not a terribly bad thing, either. X-Rays were negative, which is the biggest concern.

More updates tomorrow, I’m sure, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up, Pacers fans. Perhaps this injury will make him less effective — he was 3-for-16 shooting after he rolled his ankle — but the only way I see him sitting out is if the Bulls are totally looking past Indiana and want to make sure Rose is closer to 100% in round two.

That would actually be something for Hoosiers to get excited about because as crazy as this would have sounded just a week ago, I’m not sure Chicago can beat the Pacers without Rose.

UPDATE: Rose’s MRI was negative, reports Bulls.com writer Sam Smith.

MRI was negative for Rose, as expected. Considered day to day, which knowing Rose means, “Are you joking, I’m playing!”

He’ll be in uniform.

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