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Rose doesn't blame Howard despite deja vu

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Derrick Rose is disappointed he'll miss his first game of the season tonight when the Bulls play the Miami Heat, but Rose knows his situation could have been much worse.

After suffering a left wrist injury Thursday night in Orlando courtesy of another hard foul from Magic center Dwight Howard, Rose was relieved that the results of an MRI taken this morning showed only a sprain and no fracture or ligament damage.

He is listed as day-to-day, but has no idea when he might be able to play again.

"It hurts," Rose said. "I've never had a wrist injury, but you can't dribble the ball. Last night, I had problems just sleeping on it."

When he saw Howard approaching, Rose admits he had a flash back.

"Yeah, I was surprised like everybody else," he said. "I was just thinking, 'Not again.' Right when I got hit, I had a crick in my neck and everything. It was like I was in a car accident or something."

But despite being flattened by Howard twice, Rose doesn't hold any hard feelings toward the 6-11, 265-pound center.

"It's basketball," he said. "You're gonna get hit when you go to the hole. I just have to find a way to be able to when I come out the air land right."

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