Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose will miss Thursday’s game at the Houston Rockets with “discomfort” in his left ankle, according to a report from ESPN.
Iman Shumpert will start in Rose’s place, the report added, and most Cavs fans might prefer it that way. And that’s saying something, because most fans spent the offseason praying Shumpert would get traded.
Either way, Rose has already missed four games with a sprained ankle, and he’s been spotty when he has played. While Rose continues to finish at the rim at a high percentage, he’s not creating for others and his play off the ball has left plenty to be desired.
He is averaging 14.3 points and shooting 47 percent — but passing for just 1.7 assists per game. On the season, Rose has 12 assists and 19 turnovers.
The Cavs are willing to give him more time, as playing point guard next to LeBron James is never easy. James often takes control of the offense and relegates the point guard to playing off the ball. That wore on former Cavs point man Kyrie Irving and occasionally seems to perplex Rose. (On the bright side for the Cavs, it isn’t likely to impact Isaiah Thomas, who is equally comfortable with or without the ball.)
No matter, Rose has been efficient only in stretches, and his uneven play is making the Cavs’ plan to start Thomas an easy decision.
Rose’s status for Saturday’s game at Dallas has not been determined, per the ESPN report.
The Cavs (5-6) have won two of their four road games.