Derrick Rose helps lift Bulls to win despite limit of vision in one eye

CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose said he is still dealing with blurred vision as he continues to recover from a fractured left orbital bone.

Rose acknowledged after the Bulls' 97-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday that he hasn't been able to simply blink the eye back into focus as he plays his way back into shape.

The blurred vision continued after the game was over, he said.

"I wish it was a blink, but it's all the time," said Rose, who played 32 minutes and scored 18 points. "Like right now, I see two of you."

Rose suffered the orbital bone fracture Sept. 29, the first day of practice, after taking a Taj Gibson elbow to the face. He had surgery Sept. 30 and has been wearing a protective mask the past few weeks.

Rose said he was keeping only his right eye open when on the court. But photos of game action show both eyes clearly open, with Rose's left eye lid slightly swollen.

"When I'm out there playing, I'm only using one of my eyes," Rose said. "I close my left eye whenever I'm out there. So I just got used to it from practice."

Rose's playing time was a surprise, given that he played only 10 minutes in Friday's preseason finale against the Dallas Mavericks and had participated in just a handful of practices since the injury.

"I think I'm all right," Rose said. "A couple of layups I could have hit, but I think that I'm careful when I'm out there. I'm just trying to get back [to] playing. I miss this game too much."

The limit to Rose's vision wasn't readily apparent during the game, as the 27-year-old attacked the basket at various points. Rose has had continuous swelling around the eye, but it has subsided in recent days.

As he did in his lone preseason appearance, Rose drove to the rim forcefully and didn't settle for long-range shots the way he often did last season.

"I'm a pro," Rose said. "Not to be cocky or anything, but seriously, I've been playing this game for a long time."

Rose attempted two 3-pointers and sank both of them. He went 8-for-22 from the field on the night. He has said several times in the past week that he was not having issues with the mask and has found ways to work around his latest setback.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg seemed pleased with Rose's performance, especially given the circumstances the former MVP continues to deal with.

"I think he sees three baskets right now," Hoiberg said. "I told him, 'Aim for the middle one.' That's part of it right now -- the depth perception. It's probably still a little bit off. He's still out there working on [3s], shooting them, but we want him to be aggressive getting to the basket and making plays for his teammates."

Rose doesn't appear concerned the blurred vision will hamper him on the floor. The Bulls take on the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

"While I'm out there, I'm good enough to still be able to do positive things and help my teammates win," Rose said. "And that's all I'm trying to do."