Derrick Rose’s painful admission in Game 5 playoff disappointment with Knicks
Yes, Rose apparently suffered a knee injury in Game 4 and tried to fight through it to no avail. In Game 5 against the Atlanta Hawks, his performance dwindled and he was only able to play in 27 minutes for six points on 3-of-11 shooting.
The Knicks guard was also not able to play in the fourth quarter of what turned out to be the final game of their 2021 playoffs, as Rose said it just didn’t feel right despite his attempts to return.
“I had some knick knack injuries last game,” Rose said, per Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. “I just had to play smart. I tried to give it a go and it just didn’t feel right.”
It was truly an unfortunate development to Derrick Rose’s season, one which has been largely positive after he had some sort of resurgence with the Knicks under head coach Tom Thibodeau.
However, Rose can’t blame himself or his injury for the Knicks’ failure to advance to the second round despite being the fourth seed and having the homecourt advantage. New York simply had no answer to Trae Young’s hot shooting, and they were unable to match up the physicality of Clint Capela and John Collins down low.
Now that the season is over for New York, they will have some more pressing matters to address, including Rose’s future with the team.