The road to the NBA Finals just got a little bit tougher for the Chicago Bulls. Late in Saturday's opening round victory over the Philadelphia 76ers they lost all-star guard and last season's MVP Derrick Rose to an ACL injury.
There was no contact on the play. Rose went up and when he came down he was clearly hurt. Reports later confirmed that he had indeed torn the ACL in his left knee. What makes this injury even worse is that not only impact their championship hopes this season, but will impact next season as well since typical ACL recovery time is anywhere from 8-12 months.
Rose did miss significant time this season and the Bulls still earned the best record in the NBA this season, but when it comes to playoff time losing someone of Rose's caliber will definitely impact the team. At least they won Game One, 103-91.
Article by Travis Pulver