Derrick Rose to test ankle, possible return soon

NBA.com Global on Jan 18, 2018 07:40 AM
Derrick Rose to test ankle, possible return soon
CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 5: Derrick Rose #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against the Atlanta Hawks on November 5, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Derrick Rose has been back working with the Cleveland Cavaliers' medical staff since early December in hopes of recovering from a sprained left ankle and bone spurs. With the Cavs in need of some kind of a boost, perhaps Rose will be able to provide that tomorrow night.

Rose said after practice Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) that he thinks he is a go for Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) road game against the Orlando Magic. The final call on his status will be made tomorrow and will likely be based on how his body responds to another practice.

Here's more from Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor:

"I just want to hoop," Rose said Wednesday afternoon following the Cavs' lengthy practice. "It's not about stats or anything like that. I just want to go on the floor and show people what I still have in the tank and help this team in any way I can."

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"It's hard but at the same time it's the same team that...how many we lose in the beginning of the season? Exactly, 5-7, we won 13 straight," Rose said. "You're going to have ups and downs in a season. It's all about how you handle your losses and how you communicate after them.

"Usually teams tend try to handle everything by themselves or players try to handle everything individually on the floor, but we need each other. We know that we gotta help everybody up, help everybody's game and just make the game easy for each other while we're out there."

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While Rose is more of a score-first player, he believes, at the very least, he can provide a spark.

"I can help the team in many ways," Rose said. "I think that pace can be one of the ways, where pushing the ball and facilitating, getting guys in the open court."

Rose made seven starts and is averaging 14.3 points and 26.9 minutes with the Cavs, who signed him to a one-year, $2.1 million free-agent contract this summer.

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