Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose expected to return vs. Clippers
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Derrick Rose has missed the last three games due to an ankle injury, but there is good news on the way. The former No. 1 overall pick has seemingly recovered enough to play in Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic:
Derrick Rose didn’t want to talk about his status because he didn’t want to jinx it but then at the end he did say he was back tonight. So there you go
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) February 11, 2019
The fact that Rose is feeling good about his status is certainly a good sign for the Timberwolves, but interim head coach Ryan Saunders will likely be cautious with his return. The 30-year-old guard practiced on Sunday, but he’s collected six DNPs in Minnesota’s last seven games. If he can stay healthy, though, there is no doubt he’ll help the team on both ends of the floor.
In his 39 appearances this season (13 starts), Rose has racked up averages of 18.3 points on 47.8 percent shooting from the field (41.1 percent from beyond the arc) 4.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per outing.
In other Timberwolves-related injury news, Robert Covington (ankle) took part in some shooting drills, but he’s still a few games away from making his return. Tyus Jones (ankle) will likely be out of commission until after the All-Star break. Jerryd Bayless (sore right big toe) and Andrew Wiggins (illness) are both listed as questionable. Clearly, Minnesota is in a tough spot, but they won’t be discouraged as they try to get back on the winning track.
Monday night’s Timberwolves-Clippers game is scheduled to tip inside the Target Center at 8:00 p.m. ET. As it stands today, Minnesota is five games behind LA for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.