Before returning to the court in the second quarter Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose received two shots to treat the muscle strain in his right ribcage.
“I didn’t want to get them,” Rose said following Wednesday’s practice. “They had to put an ice pack on my back and freeze and numb my skin. And I still felt it. They lied and told me I was only going to get one. But I felt two pinches.”
Rose said he suffered the injury about three weeks ago and aggravated it during a layup in the first quarter. He returned midway through the second quarter after getting the shots and appeared fine.
He also said the injury doesn’t affect him nearly as much as the ankle injury that slowed him at the start of the season and he will continue to play through it.
I’ll just play,” he said. “I’m definitely going to play. They had to force me to get the shots. If [assistant] Randy [Brown] wasn’t back there, I wasn’t going to get the shots. I was just going to play hurt.”