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Top 5 Injuries And How They’ll Affect The Eastern Conference Playoffs

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1. Derrick Rose

-Torn right meniscus on February 27th,
-Opted for surgery, hopes to be back for final weeks of regular season

Derrick Rose suffered his second torn right meniscus in as many seasons, causing many Bulls fans to blame the basketball gods for Rose’s injury prone career. Rose, after sitting out the last season and a half, first returned in the summer, playing for Team USA. During the FIBA World Cup in Spain, Rose helped lead Team USA to the Gold, and many believed that the MVP version of Rose had returned. For the 2014-2015 season, Rose was in and out of the lineup, sitting out some games due to injury. Overall, he had an over-average return, averaging 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game prior to his regular season-ending injury. Rose’s injury doesn’t mean much to the Bulls’ chances of making the playoffs, as they are currently the 3rd seed in the East and are a consistent team.

Here’s the first time Rose injured his knee, which was in a playoff series against The Philadelphia 76ers:

Here’s the second time Rose injured his knee in a road matchup against the Portland Trailblazers. This time, it was his right knee:

The hope is that Rose will return for the playoffs and even get some regular season run in him, but even with Rose, can the Bulls really beat the Cavs or the Hawks in a seven-game series?

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