MVP Derrick Rose is said to be out of playing for the Chicago Bulls due to back stiffness, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.
The two time all-star and Rookie of the Year suffered the injury before their match in Charlotte on Friday and Boston this Sunday and is said to require the attention of a specialist in Chicago.
“It’s not as cleared up as we would have liked right now,” Thibodeau said before Sunday’s game. “He’s still got some stiffness. We thought it would be better to have him sit out.”
Rose, who played a confined role in their victory against New Orleans mid-week has been key to the success of the Bulls (he is averaging 22 points and 7.8 assists), so his absence is most definitely a big blow to coach Thibodeau.
“You’re always concerned,” Thibodeau said. “It’s something he’s had before. He had it in high school.”
“The backs are tricky,” he said. “That’s why he’s going to see a specialist.”