NBA Roundup: Rose limps off, Duncan sits

NBA Roundup: Rose limps off, Duncan sits
November 11, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Chicago. The Bulls won 96-81.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

*The Windy City held its collective breath tonight when Derrick Rose limped off the court late in Monday's win over Cleveland. At best some fans have exhaled a little upon the news that the former league MVP, who sat out all last season with a knee injury, "only" suffered a minor hamstring injury.  In the head-to-head matchup with Kyrie Irving, Rose equaled his counterpart with 16 points while doling out seven assists (Irving had four). Here is video of Rose coming up lame at the end of a full court dashing layup. Now comes the crush of medical status updates on the Bulls star. Oh, in case you were wondering, John Wall and the Wizards don't get their first look at Rose until January. Speaking of the Wizards upcoming opponents...

*Washington faces Tim Duncan and the Spurs in San Antonio on Wednesday. In what was surely a nod toward that flashy matchup, the Spurs rested Tim Duncan on Monday. Fine, San Antonio is finishing a five-games-in-seven-days stretch and chose a matchup against the 76ers to give the 37-year-old Duncan a night off. Unlike like last season, don't expect any fines from the NBA over this move especially since the other usual suspects showed up for the 1098-85 win at Philadelphia. So Duncan will be plenty rested for the matchup against Nene and Marcin Gortat. Oh, for those not on top of all things NBA just yet, the Spurs, winners of seven of eight games this season and the top defensive team out West, are still killing it. 

*The Wizards (2-4) can move out of the Southeast Division basement with a win at Dallas on Tuesday (CSN, 8:30 p.m. ET). That's because the Orlando Magic (3-5) fell to the suddenly good Boston Celtics on Monday night despite seven double-figure scorers. Arron Afflalo scored 18 and Victor Oladipo had 17, but Orlando dropped its 16th straight road game. No need to call in the CSI crew for this autopsy as the Celtics, winners of four straight after starting the season 0-4, shot 60 percent from the field (sidebar: Boston starter Jordan Crawford had 10 assists and scored 16 points for the Celtics. Anyway...). Before this game, the Magic opened with a better than expected start this season by holding opponents to under 41 percent shooting from the field.