OAKLAND—Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau didn’t completely rule injured superstar Derrick Rose out for Friday night’s matchup with Golden State, but he said the former league MVP is “unlikely” to suit up against the Warriors.
“We’ll see tomorrow. Again, with him, it’s still day-to-day. He had a good day today, went hard, did a lot of stuff. But we’ll see,” the coach explained after the Bulls' practice Thursday afternoon at Oracle Arena. “We’ll have a better idea as we move along. The big thing is his improvement and how he feels the next day. As long as he continues to make progress—we went pretty hard today—so we’ll see where he is tomorrow.
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"Today, he was good and that doesn’t mean he’s playing tomorrow. Doesn’t mean he won’t play tomorrow. We just have to keep being patient, let him work through it. Each day, he feels a little better and that’s all we’re worried about. He’s controlled everything that he can control. He puts everything he has into each and every day, and when he’s ready, he’ll let us know,” Thibodeau continued. “There’s always a chance, but let’s just say that nothing has changed. And I would say this: It’s unlikely that he plays tomorrow, just so we clear that up. Nothing has changed."
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Thibodeau insisted that if Rose did play, it wouldn’t be in response to Wednesday’s 42-point road loss in Sacramento.
“No. No. No. Nope,” he said emphatically. “Here’s the thing: This guy is well-prepared for this. He’s handled his part great, so he’s not going to be influenced by anything but when he’s ready and that part is clear.”