Monday, May 19
May 19, 11:30 PM ET
Rose takes knee to head, will play Game 2
SAN ANTONIO -- It wasn't bad enough that Malik Rose caught a
painful knee to the head -- he got his foot stomped as well.
That won't be enough to keep him off the court for Game 2 of the
Western Conference finals on Wednesday night, though.
When Rose left Monday's game with 4:16 remaining, the Spurs led
104-99 in Game 1 at the SBC Center. When the horn sounded, it was
the Mavericks who claimed a 113-110 victory.
Rose was trying to defend a drive by Dallas forward Dirk
Nowitzki when he fell to the floor. While he was down, the Mavs'
Eduardo Najera kneed him in the back of the head.
Dr. David Schmidt, the Spurs' team physician, said Rose
temporarily lost feeling in his left arm from a "stinger.''
"It's like hitting your funny bone -- it gets all numb and
tingly,'' Schmidt said. "But it came right back -- his function
Schmidt said Rose was going home after the game, and that he
would definitely be healthy for Game 2.
After he was knocked down and kneed, Rose remained on the court
and was being treated by a trainer as the play went to the other
The Mavericks brought the ball back down court quickly after a
San Antonio miss and Nowitzki stepped on Rose's foot as he lay on
After a lengthy break, Rose was escorted to the locker room
where a team doctor said he was being treated for a possible
Rose, who the Spurs depend upon for energy and offense off the
bench, left the arena without speaking to reporters.
He played 10 minutes Monday, finishing with three points, one
rebound and five fouls.
It was a subpar performance for Rose in a game called very
closely by the officials -- the teams together shot 97 free throws,
with Dallas making 49 straight after missing their first.
In the first two series against Phoenix and Los Angeles, Rose
averaged 9.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.