Derrick Rose suffered a scary injury to his left knee in Chicago's game 1 win over the Philadelphia 76'ers. With 1:10 left in a double-digit game and Rose a rebound and assist away from a triple-double, Rose came to a jump stop and his left knee buckled. He laid on the floor for a few minutes and was helped off and into the locker room.
After the game, Tom Thibodeau gave a vague update:
"He's going to be examined and they'll know," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He started moving his leg, but they have to do an MRI and all that, so I would be guessing."
Moving the leg is good. That might make this no more than a sprain. But for a guy who relies on his quickness like Rose, even a sprain could be a big hindrance to his game.
The reason we care as Celtics fans is the Chicago Bulls would be the Cetics' next opponent in the playoffs. And if Rose can't go, or if he's limited at all, it could be enough to swing the series in the Celtics' favor. At the very least, it would make things a lot more interesting.
Of course, that's the strictly basketball analysis of the injury. We all hope it's not serious. No one is rooting for an injury. And, of course, the Celtics have the little matter of being in a 4/5 matchup that starts on the road, so I don't want to get TOO far ahead of myself here. But it bears watching. If we're looking for that road to the conference Finals, it might have gotten a little easier.
UPDATE: It's an ACL tear: