Derrick Rose tore his ACL during the Bulls' 103-91 Game 1 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday afternoon. The Bulls point guard will miss the rest of the playoffs, according to ESPN.
With less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Rose drove into the lane but landed awkwardly on a jump stop as he passed the ball to Carlos Boozer. The 2011 NBA MVP immediately fell to the floor and was helped off the court.
Rose went for an MRI following the contest.
The All-Star point guard had played well in the playoff opener, scoring 23 points to go along with nine rebounds and nine assists.
Rose's injury is nothing new to the Bulls, as the 23-year-old has battled a bevy of injuries during the 2011-12 campaign, only playing 39 of 66 games this season.
Unfortunately for Chicago, Rose's latest injury is the most serious of all and could not have come at a worse time. Considered to be a heavy title favorite when the playoffs began, the Bulls' chances to win their seventh championship may have gone out the window with Rose’s injury.
But that may not be the end of it. With an injury as serious as an ACL tear, Rose's status for next season will be in question as well.
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