New York Knicks: Jeff Hornacek says Derrick Rose's ankle injury isn't 'major'
Dec 20, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek and guard Derrick Rose (25) look on during the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said the ankle injury suffered by point guard Derrick Rose on Friday night is minor.

The New York Knicks scored a huge win Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets, but after the game, there was still a matter of concern surround Derrick Rose‘s sprained left ankle. Rose left the game during the third quarter with MSG announcers saying the x-rays were negative.

After the game, head coach Jeff Hornacek confirmed that Rose’s injury wasn’t serious. Hornacek told ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk that the injury did not seem to be anything “major.”

“He landed on Kemba’s (Walker) foot so he twisted it,” Hornacek said. “I guess he had an X-ray, it is negative, he will get treatment. We don’t know long it will be but it’s nothing major. So hopefully (depending on) how long ankles take and his ability to come back, could be next game, could be two to three games, who knows?”

Rose has played and started in 41 of New York’s 46 games in 2016-17, but the Knicks will likely be cautious with their injury-prone point guard.

Youngmisuk points out all of Rose’s recently missed time.

The former MVP played a total of 49 games from the 2011-12 season to the 2013-14 season due to injuries. He played 51 and 66 games the previous two seasons before joining the Knicks.

New York’s next three games are on the road against the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, and Brooklyn Nets. They need Rose’s offense to counter Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder and Washington’s Jonh Wall.

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