Rose tweaked his hamstring on a driving layup late in the Bulls' 96-81 victory over the Cavs on Monday night. The point guard was clearly hurting after the play and limped back to the huddle. After staying out for one more defensive series, he was replaced by Kirk Hinrich and sat the final three minutes of the game.
Afterward, both Rose and Tom Thibodeau said the injury wasn't that big a deal, and K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune said Rose walked without a limp in the locker room. The former MVP hopes to play Friday against the Raptors, but we'll have to wait and see how the hamstring responds over the next couple of days.
Johnson had another bit of news Tuesday, as he reported that shooting guard Reggie Williams worked out with the Bulls for a second time. Williams was cut by the Rockets just before the start of the regular season.
The 27-year-old out of VMI went undrafted, but he tore up the D-League and earned a 10-day contract from the Warriors in March 2010. Williams played extremely well, earning another 10-day contract and then signing for the rest of the year. In 24 games during the 2009-10 season, the shooting guard averaged 15.2 points on 49.5 percent shooting overall and 35.9 percent from three. The following year, he played in 80 games for Golden State, averaging 9.2 points and shooting 42.3 percent from three in primarily a bench role.
After the Warriors rescinded their qualifying offer to Williams in order to sign DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet, the shooting guard signed a two-year deal with the Bobcats. However, a torn meniscus limited Williams to just 33 games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.
Williams has struggled since that knee surgery, barely shooting over 30 percent from three with Charlotte. He also wasn't any good for the Rockets in preseason, averaging 4.5 points on 33.3 percent shooting overall and 16.7 percent from three in two games.
If Williams could regain the form he showed early in his NBA career, he could possibly provide some extra shooting that the Bulls sorely need. But considering what he has shown in recent years, that may be asking a bit much.