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Rose sidelined by wrist injury
By Mike McGraw | Daily Herald Staff

Injured Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, left, and forward Luol Deng, right, watch from the bench during in Chicago, Tuesday.

 

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Published: 3/25/2009 12:00 AM

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The Bulls knew Derrick Rose injured his right wrist when he missed a dunk late in the second quarter of Monday's win at Washington.

But Rose went on to play most of the second half and controlled the ball down the stretch, finding Kirk Hinrich for a vital lay-in with 8.9 seconds left in the Bulls' 101-99 victory. The No. 1 draft pick finished with 12 points and 8 assists in 39 minutes.

So it was quite a surprise when the wrist became too sore and swollen for Rose to play Tuesday against Detroit. It was the first game he's missed during his rookie season. X-rays and an MRI exam showed no break in the bone.

"They said it's a bruised wrist," Rose said. "It really hurts. Trust me, I can take pain. But it really hurts. I can barely turn a door knob. (Trainer) Fred (Tedeschi) told me to sit out for a while, like two to three days and let it heal."

During a drive to the basket, Rose was bumped by Washington's Oleksiy Pecherov with no foul called. So Rose seemed to put a little extra force into the missed dunk attempt.

"I knew he hurt it a little last night," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "I didn't think he'd be out tonight, but he had a lot of swelling, a lot of stiffness. He's pretty sore.

"He hurt it in the first half and I thought he played well in the second half, so I didn't really think about it. He got some treatment last night and it was just really painful. We'll get him some rest and hopefully he'll feel better."

London calling Bulls: The NBA will announce today which four teams are headed to Europe for training camp in October.

There has been talk for months that the Bulls will be sent to London, thanks to a pair of British connections. They might end up playing an overseas preseason game against Utah.

Luol Deng and Ben Gordon are hoping to play for the Great Britain national team at the 2012 London Olympics. Deng joined the English squad two years ago and may play in the European championships this September in Poland.

Of course, there is no guarantee either player will be with the Bulls next season. Gordon is an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Bulls might trade Deng if given the chance.

Bull horns: When the Bulls play Miami on Thursday, it will be Latin Night at the United Center and the home team will wear special red jerseys reading "Los Bulls." Why they won't be "Los Toros" is unclear. ... Forward Luol Deng said he is not ready to increase his workout activity. He's been out since Feb. 28 with an early-stage stress fracture in his right shin.