Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose will miss his team’s Thursday evening matchup against the Houston Rockets due to discomfort in his left ankle, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. This will mark the fifth game Rose has missed this season because of his ankle.
He originally suffered the injury during the Cavaliers’ second game of the year, when he took a hard foul from then-Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe, who now plays for the Phoenix Suns.
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Rose has been plagued by injury issues throughout his career, and unfortunately for the former league MVP, those issues have persisted in Cleveland. In the seven games he has appeared in for the Cavaliers this season, Rose has averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. The seasoned floor general has only tallied 12 assists thus far and has also committed 19 turnovers. To make matters worse, the 29-year-old owns a minus-15.6 net rating, and Cleveland’s already miserable defense plummets even further when is on the floor.
The Chicago native has not played a full season since the 2010-11 campaign and nearly missed two full years in between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, as he took the floor just 10 times, with all of those appearances coming in the latter season. After spending the first eight years of his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls, Rose was traded to the New York Knicks ahead of last season.
He resided with the Knicks for one year before signing with the Cavaliers.
With Rose out of the starting lineup and Shumpert in, you can expect multi-faceted forward LeBron James to handle a bulk of the ball-handling duties when he is on the floor.