CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Derrick Rose can't explain why he has sustained so many injuries this season but he said Wednesday that sitting out final five games of the regular season to ensure he's healthy when the playoffs begin is not an option.
"I want to play as soon as possible," Rose said. "Tonight, tomorrow, I just want to get out there, man. I miss the game."
Rose was not expected to participate in Wednesday's shootaround at Time Warner Cable Arena and will likely miss his 25th game of the season when the woeful Bobcats host the Bulls tonight. The same goes for forward Luol Deng, who injured his ribs in Sunday's win over the Pistons and remains "sore," according to coach Tom Thibodeau.
"It's not the actual bone it's the tendons around my ankle that has fluid on them," Rose said. "That fluid causes pain. Right now, I'm just waiting for the fluid to move around. We're trying to get it out as quick as possible. I should be all right."
Rose said he didn't remember injuring his ankle on a specific play against the Pistons but felt pain walking to the locker room afterwards. When he took off his shoe, his right ankle was throbbing, he said.
With five games remaining in the regular season, Rose was asked if he expected to be limited when the postseason begins.
"I'm not thinking that way," he said. "If you put things into the universe they come true. I'm just trying to stay focused, stay happy, stay positive, keeping my spirits up. Hopefully, I'll be healthy in the playoffs."
Rose missed a combined six games during his first three seasons. He said his teammates have gone out of their way to make sure he still feels like part of the team.
"That's the only things that's changed," he said when asked if the condensed schedule has contributed to his injuries. "How I worked out was the same even though I ran more than I usually did in the past. I really don't now what to blame it on."