There was a 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter with the Chicago Bulls holding a 12-point lead when Chicago's star guard Derrick Rose landed awkwardly on his left knee. Trainers immediately ran to his side and had to help the reigning MVP off the court and into the locker room. It did not look good.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau was asked to explain his decision to leave Rose in the game with such a comfortable lead and only a minute and change left. Here's what Thibodeau said.
"I don't work backward like you guys, the score was going the other way." Thibs on playing Derrick. That's just how his mind works.— jon greenberg (@espnchijon) April 28, 2012
Chicago won 103-91, but the injury erases any positive impressions the Bulls were able to make. Rose finished with 23 points, nine assists and nine rebounds.
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