New York Knicks: Derrick Rose out Friday, but Sunday return expected
Dec 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) drives the ball around Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks‘ Derrick Rose injured his back Tuesday in Miami. He’s expected to miss his second straight game Friday.

New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose is still nursing the back injury that sidelined him during Tuesday’s road win against the Miami Heat.

It kept Rose out of Wednesday’s embarrassing defeat against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and now it looks like the Knicks will be without their starting point guard for the second straight game.

Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, head coach Jeff Hornacek revealed that while Rose likely won’t play in Sacramento on Friday the long-term prognosis is good.

“I would think (he’ll play Sunday),” Hornacek said. “There’s nothing structurally wrong. He’s getting all the treatments, getting all the massages, so it’s just a matter of loosening it up. And getting him to feel like he can do all his torqueing and all the moves that he does and not aggravate it.”

“Obviously (Rose) is a big player us and his ability to attack the basket, put teams on the defensive,” the coach said. “We have Brandon (Jennings) but other than that we don’t have a lot of guys who can get through there. So we need Derrick out there but guys are going to have to step up.”

The Knicks started Brandon Jennings against the Cavs in Rose’s absence. He’ll likely get the call again on Friday.

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