Derrick Rose will ‘give it a go’ for Timberwolves vs. Nuggets on Saturday
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Derrick Rose has missed the previous three games with a sore right ankle, but the former MVP says he’s going to “give it a go” on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets.
Rose told local reporters on Saturday he might not be able to go full throttle versus Denver, but that he’s going to try and play and help his team win.
Derrick Rose said he’s going to try and “give it a go” tonight.
— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) February 2, 2019
In 38 games this season for the Timberwolves, Rose is averaging 18.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. The 30-year-old Chicago native is shooting 48.0 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 85.4 percent from the free-throw line.
Rose says this is the first time in his career he’s dealt with a ligament injury in his ankle and he appreciates head coach Ryan Saunders giving him a few games off to recover. The three-time All-Star is second on the team in points per game, trailing only star big man Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Timberwolves enter Saturday with a record of 25-26, good for 11th place in the Western Conference standings. Minnesota is 2.5 games back of the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot.
If Rose does in fact play on Saturday, it’s unknown if he will start or come off the bench. Jeff Teague is still out with a left ankle injury. Jerryd Bayless has been starting for the Timberwolves in Rose’s absense, but since Rose admitted he’s going to ease his way back in, Saunders might elect to go with Bayless in the starting unit.