Derrick Rose return rumor shot down by Tom Thibodeau
BY JOE COWLEY May 8, 2013 11:20AM
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Updated: May 8, 2013 11:23AM
MIAMI – Another day, another Derrick Rose rumor that turns into false hysteria.
The latest was a report from HoopsWorld, which said that Rose would suit up for Game 3 because of all the injuries. Not that he would play, but he would at least suit up.
Really? That was news to coach Tom Thibodeau, who laughed and said, “What report? I didn’t see it. You guys floating it out there? Nothing has changed with him.’’
Rose was once again at the Wednesday morning shootaround, doing his normal game-day routine with the team. He’s stated twice in the last week that until he feels ready in his recovery from the surgically-repaired anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, he wouldn’t be playing in any postseason games this season.
And as far as Thibodeau, he only deals in reality as far as who is available each day.
Luol Deng? Still in Chicago, and will miss tonight’s game as he recovers from a spinal tap gone wrong. Thibodeau would only call him “day-to-day,’’ with the hope being that when he meets back up with everyone Thursday, they will have a better idea where he’s at and move forward from there.
Kirk Hinrich (bruised left calf) was scheduled to try and get some work in during the shootaround, but was receiving treatment all day, and a game-time decision at best.
“The swelling is done, which is good,’’ Thibodeau said of Hinrich. “He tried the last game in the Brooklyn series and he wasn’t quite there. We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully he continues to improve. But he has a ways to go.’’
Nate Robinson was still dealing with a swollen upper lip after having 10 stitches put in during Game 1, but was fine for Game 2, and Joakim Noah’s foot (plantar fasciitis) is becoming a non-issue with how well he’s moving on it the last week.
No matter who is available tonight, they know that Miami will come out throwing haymakers, trying to tie the best-of-seven series up.
“That’s the nature of the playoffs,’’ Thibodeau said. “You’re playing the same team over and over. We know how they play. We know what their strengths are. We anticipate they’re going to play like they normally do, which is with great intensity. Hopefully, that’s the way we’re going to play. We feel like we’re capable of playing a lot better than we did.’’