Jordan Déjà Vu? Rose Battles Through Pain vs. Magic
By Angie Wiatrowski in News on Jan 29, 2011 3:00PM
After a few days rest, it was time for the Bulls to get back to business, but they hit the court with caution as their star point guard had been suffering from two stomach ulcers. Derrick Rose showed last night there's nothing a good game of hoops can't fix.
Rose (now the first Bulls' All-Star starter since Michael Jordan in 1998) started off slow, only shooting 3-for-11 in the first quarter, but showed no ill effects from missing two days practice and scored 22 points in the 99-90 win over the Orlando Magic.
Rose had a nice boost from the bench with Ronnie Brewer grabbing 9 points and 6 rebounds and Taj Gibson with 7 points and 5 rebounds. Carlos Boozer had 16 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 assists and Luol Deng had 26 points and 8 rebounds in the win.
Rose was off target much of the night, hitting just 6-of-21 shots. Rose also dished out 12 assists while helping the Bulls to their ninth win in 11 games.
While this may not have been as severe as Michael Jordan's flu game in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals, the star point guard is showing similar traits, proving no pain will keep him out of the game.