Derrick Rose thinks he will return tomorrow for Cavs
Derrick Rose plans to return for the #Cavs vs Magic: "Tomorrow feels like a go. I haven't had any setbacks… Tomorrow I just have to go play my game."
— Nikki Goel (@NikkiGoelCavs) January 17, 2018
Rose, now 29 years of age, has been out of commission for quite some time due to an ankle injury. In fact, he’s made just seven appearances with the Cavs, averaging 14.3 points on 47.0 percent shooting from the field, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.
Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com notes that Rose and Iman Shumpert, who has been dealing with a knee injury, took part in practice on Wednesday morning. However, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said he didn’t know if the two guards would be available for Thursday night’s game.
Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert practiced today. Ty said he didn’t know if they’d play tomorrow
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) January 17, 2018
Shumpert, 27, has played in 13 games with the Cavs this season, averaging 4.8 points on 38.6 percent shooting, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. “Shump,” as he’s affectionately known, underwent successful knee surgery on Dec. 1. It sounds like he’s inching closer to a return of his own.
#Cavs Derrick Rose on why ankle injury took so long: “I’m 29, bro. I really don’t know. A lot of minutes, a lot of dedication, a lot of hard work put into my craft and just usage. I put a lot of work into my craft and probably overdid it when I was younger"
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) January 17, 2018
The Cavs could use a little help in their back-court rotation. They’ve lost eight of their last ten games, which includes their previous four outings.
Thursday night’s game is slated to tip at 7:00 p.m. EST with Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports Florida having live broadcast coverage.