Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose Will Not Return Monday

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was supposed to return to the lineup Monday but it has been reported that a nagging groin injury will likely force him to miss his seventh consecutive game.

Rose was in attendance for Chicago’s Sunday afternoon practice where he continued to rehabilitate his injury. Head coach Tom Thibodeau stated he has little chance to see the court against the Denver Nuggets Monday night.

“Very little,” Thibodeau said, according to ESPN. “But he’s at the next phase. (He’s) just starting off with the running on a treadmill.”

As much as the Bulls would love to see their star back on the court with them, it is not like they are exactly suffering without him. Chicago is 5-1 in their last six games Rose has missed and won their 40th game of the season Saturday night in an overtime thriller against the Toronto Raptors in which they officially clinched a playoff spot.

Rose has missed 16 games in total this season due to several different injuries and the Bulls have fared pretty well without him posting a 12-4 record. However, by no stretch of the imagination does that mean they want to see the All-Star sidelined for the postseason. There is no rush to get Rose back as Chicago currently has a three-game lead over second seed Miami Heat for sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. Therefore, Rose must rest up as much as he can over the next few weeks and take care of any nagging injuries.

“(I’m feeling) way better,” Rose said. “(When the injury occurred) I was actually bleeding, my groin was bleeding, but now it’s healed. It’s just scar tissue and it’s pretty hard trying to get that to move around, it’s going to take little time.”

In 34 games this season, Rose is averaging 22.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game while shooting 45.0 percent from the field.

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