First, the good news for Bulls fans: Your team beat the Wizards last night—without the services of Derrick Rose, Rip Hamilton, and C.J. Watson. Impressive. But there's definitely some bad news here, too. The word out of Chicago is that D-Rose is apparently suffering from turf toe after Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver fell on the back of his foot during a game on Tuesday night.
"He fell on the back of my foot, pushed my toes down," Rose said yesterday. "I can't bend my big toe at all, so it hurt pretty bad."
For those not familiar with turf toe—or a metatarsalphalangeal joint sprain as it's officially known—it's a condition that involves an injury to the tissue between the foot and a toe. And it can be very painful and force players out of action for days, weeks, and even months at a time. Which is why Bulls fans have every reason to be concerned with how this could affect last season's league MVP moving forward. For now, the Bulls are playing the injury off (though, for the record, they did sign NBA vet Mike James to help the team out in Rose's absence last night) and Rose is saying that he's dealt with turf toe on and off for much of his NBA career. But with the condensed NBA season forcing teams to play more games every week, it's definitely a situation that the Bulls and their fans need to keep an eye on.
So, to D-Rose: Get well soon, son! The team won without you last night. But, unfortunately, they won't be playing the hapless Wizards every night. So they're gonna need you back ASAP.
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