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Bulls await word on Rose knee injury

Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls brings the ball up the floor during a game on October 29, 2013 in Miami, Florida
Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls brings the ball up the floor during a game on October 29, 2013 in Miami, Florida

The Chicago Bulls were anxiously awaiting news on Saturday on the severity of the right knee injury suffered by Derrick Rose against Portland on Friday night.

Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player who missed all of last season following surgery on a torn ligament in his left knee, was to have an MRI exam after departing Chicago's 98-95 loss to the Trail Blazers in Portland on Friday night in the third quarter.

"I'm concerned," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, whose team are slated to face the Clippers in Los Angeles on Sunday.

"Anytime anyone goes down, you're concerned. But I don't want to speculate until we have more information."

Rose was averaging 15.4 points and 4.4 assists per game going into Friday's contest, but was shooting just 36 percent from the floor.

He showed flashes of his former MVP form on Friday, but late in the third quarter, when a pass from team-mate Joakim Noah was picked off by Nicolas Batum, Rose stepped awkwardly as he tried to get back on defense and hyper-extended his right knee.

After hobbling to the bench he was helped the locker room.

"He has pain and it felt like he couldn't push off his right knee," Thibodeau said.

Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a playoff game on April 28 of 2012 and didn't play again until the opening night of this season.

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