According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, Cavs point guard Derrick Rose, who has been dealing with soreness in his left ankle for some time, will miss Wednesday night’s game against the Hornets.
Derrick back tonight?
— D-Rose #1 (@DRose1RoseD) November 15, 2017
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) November 15, 2017
This marks the fourth consecutive DNP for Rose, now 29 years of age. In his seven appearances for the Cavs this season, the former No. 1 overall pick (2008) and league MVP (2011) has turned in averages of 14.3 points on 47 percent shooting from the field (90.5 percent from the free-throw line), 2.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.
Prior to the start of Cleveland’s current four-game road swing, Rose was asked if he would be available. His response was a bit vague.
The Cavs, now the third-ranked team in the Central Division standings with a 7-7 record, will just have to keep their “next man up” mentality alive.
In previous games with Rose out of the lineup, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue has elected to give Iman Shumpert the starting nod at the point guard position. He’ll likely do the same against the Hornets.
For now, it looks like Rose will be listed as day-to-day. And given his history of injuries, there is simply no need to rush the recovery process.
Wednesday night’s game, which will be played at the Spectrum Center, is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. EST tip with ESPN and Fox Sports Ohio having live broadcast coverage. Let’s see if the Cavs can improve on their two-game winning streak.