When Derrick Rose went down, the Bulls cringed, the fans gasped, and the entire NBA nation held their breaths.
Were we witnessing a game changer for the entire NBA postseason? It seemed that way.
All signs pointed to it, but no one wanted to speak the words out loud. That is until a medical professional stated the results of the MRI performed after the game: Torn ACL. Out for the rest of the season.
Rose has already missed 26 games for various other injuries during this shortened season. By habit, we are so quick to assign meaning to the reasons for Rose's injuries.
Do the injuries mean he is weak, as one Nike designer would imply in a tongue-and-cheek tweet? No, I don't think so.
Do they mean we should blame someone for this devastating blow? Should that person be the Bull's head coach, Tom Thibodeau? Absolutely not (and it is so annoying to me that people actually would).
Does this injury, hand in hand with Shumpert's, indicate the harsh reality of a physically demanding sport pinning athletes to an even more demanding and merciless schedule, 66 games in four months? I can't completely buy that either.
I think we just have to accept that sometimes, for no reason at all, things like this happen. We have to understand that you can call all the right plays and still lose. We have to accept superstars are fallible. And we have to accept that Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of this season.