Derrick Rose Held Out of Second Half Due to Hamstring

by November 26, 2014

Well, so much for getting out there and playing.

Derrick Rose and head coach Tom Thibodeau decided to shut down the superstar Bulls point guard in the second half of Chicago’s 114-109 loss Tuesday night in Denver.

Rose says his nagging left hamstring injury left him feeling ineffective against the Nuggets; he finished with twopoints and three assists in less than 10 minutes of action.

Per CSN Chicago:

At halftime, head coach Tom Thibodeau talked to Rose and decided to shut him down and not risk further injury. […] “It’s nothing like I pulled it again or anything like that,” Rose said. “It was just that I wasn’t able to affect the game the way I wanted to. Came in (to the locker room), talked to Thibs and we agreed on it.”


Thibodeau felt Rose was playing tentatively. Considering Denver is a team that likes to run, he decided it was best to not use his star in the second half. […] “It was really nothing that happened other than I didn’t want to take any chances,” Thibodeau said. “The way the game was going, the way we were going, I just wanted to go a different way. He didn’t re-injure it. I just didn’t want to take a chance.”


“Offensively, I didn’t feel like I couldn’t get where I wanted to go and defensively just the speed of the game, just wasn’t ready for it,” Rose said. “It’s frustrating but I can’t let it get me down. It’s a long season and just got to keep going. The team is not worried about me.”