MIAMI — Derrick Rose’s goal of playing all 82 games is in jeopardy.
The point guard left Tuesday’s 114-103 victory over the Heat in the third quarter and will be reassessed before tonight’s nationally-televised showdown against the Cavaliers.
Rose, who finished with 10 points in 25 minutes, noticed something was off, but is unsure of the root of his back pain.
“It calmed down. It’s just spasms. Usually when you have back spasms or back problems, it comes from somewhere else — it could be hamstring, it could be groin, could be something else,” he said. “(Tuesday night), my right side, my right leg, everything was fatigued and kind of quit. (Wednesday) we’ll be able to find out what it is.
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“One of the plays when I tried to go up, I had no lift to my layup. That’s when I knew I had to get pulled.”
NOAH SIDES WITH LEBRON
For once, Joakim Noah and LeBron James can agree on something: boycott Donald Trump.
Noah, the historical LeBron agitator, was unaware of James’ protest of the Trump brand until told by the Daily News. He then called James’ actions “good,” and said he’d probably do the same by not patronizing the president-elect’s hotels. “I think it’s just a comfort level, you know. Stick to your principles. Whoever you are,” Noah said. “Trump is our president. But that doesn’t mean we have to stay at his hotel.”
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The Trump SoHo — where some of the Cavaliers are staying — is no longer owned by Trump but the building still has his name on it.
Noah’s position isn’t surprising considering his history. He has been one of the most outspoken athletes against violence and guns, having decided against attending a team-arranged dinner with Army cadets during training camp at West Point because war was against his beliefs.
J.R. SITS ONE OUT
The Cavs’ J.R. Smith will miss tonight’s return to the Garden and may miss even more games with a hyperextended left knee. The Cavs said an MRI taken on the former Knick’s knee on Tuesday did not reveal any structural damage, but Smith did not make the trip to New York. He got hurt in the first quarter of Cleveland’s victory in Toronto on Monday night and returned to Cleveland to undergo tests.
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