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Some perspective on Derrick Rose’s injury

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

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Updated: April 24, 2013 10:39PM

The one-year anniversary of Derrick Rose
tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee is coming up this weekend, so we likely will hear another round of the same questions.
Specifically, why was Rose in the game with the Bulls leading the Philadelphia 76ers by 12 points with 1:20 left in the game?

Coach Tom Thibodeau had to answer that
question more than once, but studies have shown it was the wrong question to dwell on.

Last May, Basketball Prospectus took a look at all 48 ACL injuries that had occurred in games since the 1985-86 season and studied at what point in the game they took place. Thirty-one of them happened in the first 20 minutes played, including 23 in the first 10 minutes played. Rose’s happened in his 37th minute, one of only five to happen at that point in the game or later.

Basketball Prospectus also looked at ACL injuries and how they correlated with average minutes played per game. But Thibodeau said the stat he keeps an eye on closely with all of his players is total minutes played in a season.

Rose averaged a career-low 35.3 minutes in the 2011-12 regular season. On top of that, his total minutes were only 1,375 because of the 27 games he missed throughout the season. In 2010-11, the season he was voted the NBA’s most valuable player, Rose entered the playoffs with 3,026 minutes played.

Joe Cowley

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