Around the NBA: Bulls’ Derrick Rose needs surgery on right knee

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is out indefinitely because of torn cartilage in his right knee that will require surgery, the team said yesterday.

Rose, the 2011-12 league MVP, has a medial meniscus tear. The timetable for his return was not immediately clear. Estimates range from one month to six.

Rose had an MRI in Los Angeles yesterday after he was injured on Friday night at Portland.

Rose, a three-time All-Star, missed the 2012-13 season while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

“I know how much work he has put into his rehab and the type of person and player he is,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “So I feel for him because of all the things that he does and what they mean to our team.”

Rose injured his right knee in the third quarter against the Trail Blazers, losing his footing while trying to change direction to get back on defense when Nicolas Batum stole a pass from Joakim Noah and started the other way. Rose limped across the court and couldn’t put any weight on his knee. After the Blazers scored, he left the game during a timeout.

It didn’t appear there was any contact on the play. Rose was unable to return and was on crutches afterward. He will not accompany the Bulls for the remaining four games on their six-game trip.

“It’s a huge loss,” Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich said. “Everything we do is built around him.”


Pacers 106, 76ers 98: Roy Hibbert had 27 points and 13 rebounds and Paul George scored 19 for Indiana (12-1), which improved to 7-0 at home. Former Ohio State star Evan Turner had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Philadelphia.

Heat 101, Magic 99: LeBron James hit a jumper with 15.1 seconds left to win the game for host Miami, which rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half. Dwyane Wade scored 27 points in his return after missing two games to rest his knees, and James added 22 for the Heat, which has won six straight.

Celtics 94, Hawks 87: Brandon Bass had 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks and former Ohio State and Northland star Jared Sullinger had 15 points and nine rebounds for visiting Boston, which ended a six-game losing streak.

Wizards 98, Knicks 89: John Wall scored 32 points to reach at least 30 in consecutive games for the first time in his career, and host Washington dropped New York into a tie for last place in the Atlantic Division.

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