Although it is only a preseason game, the Chicago Bulls‘ matchup against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night may be one of the biggest games of the year for the Bulls. The reason being is that Bulls fans will get to see the severity of the soreness of Derrick Rose’s knee which caused him to be kept out of Saturday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards. All seemed to be well for Rose during his return to NBA action as he reported that he was pain free after the first two preseason games, however, his knee kept him out of Chicago’s third preseason game.
Everyone within the Bulls’ organization made it clear that they were being overly cautious regarding Rose’s availability during Saturday’s game. However, it is a bit worrisome that Rose is feeling soreness in his surgically repaired knee after having more than 500 days to rest and rehab. Rose showed signs of his old self in Chicago’s first two games with great explosion and agility. However, there now may be reason for concern in Chicago.
Rose practiced in full on Monday and is expected to be able to go come Wednesday, but the question remains of how will his knee hold up? It is a reassuring sign that Rose was only be expected to miss one game with his knee soreness, but it will be crucial to see if that knee is still bothering him against Detroit.
Chicago’s game against the Pistons, and more specifically, Rose’s individual performance, will speak volumes as to the direction the season will be headed in. If Rose appears to be pain free, and the Bulls were indeed just being extra cautious with his surgically repaired knee, then there should be nothing to worry about. However, if Rose struggles in his return to action and looks slower and in pain, then there may be some serious concern out of Chicago. Bulls fans should keep a watchful eye on Rose and his knee on Wednesday night as they determine whether or not there is a serious issue at hand.