The Chicago Bulls cruised to a 108-87 road victory over the lowly New Jersey Nets on Monday night, but the team suffered a bit of a scare when star point guard Derrick Rose left for the locker room in the second quarter after re-aggravating a lingering back injury. He did not return to the game in the second half and finished with only four points in 11 minutes of action, but neither Rose nor head coach Tom Thibodeau sounded too concerned after the game.
Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago caught up with Rose after the game, and the all-star guard sounded fairly optimistic about the situation:
"Right now, I feel all right. Just back spasms, nothing to worry about. [Tuesday] we have a day off, get treatment, get a massage and hopefully I'll be playing next game," Rose said afterwards. "It was tight the whole game. It's just something where I've got to get a massage and stretched the right way, and hopefully it'll be gone.
"I can't remember when it happened. I was tight a couple of games ago, but tonight was pretty tough and intense," he continued. "For right now, I'll be playing next game. It's nothing like I'm going to be sitting out. I always want to think positive, just try to keep things going our way."
Here is the full video of the interview and the play where Rose re-aggravated his back injury: