The Bulls could be facing a classic good-newsbad-news situation when they host the New Jersey Nets on Monday night.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, point guard Derrick Rose plans to return and face New Jersey. Rose hasn't played since Jan. 14, missing the last four games due to a sprained left big toe. That's the good news.
The bad news: small forward Luol Deng might be forced to miss his first game of the season due to a sprained left wrist he suffered Saturday vs. Charlotte. Deng said x-rays taken after the game were fine, but he underwent an MRI Sunday and the results are not known at this time.
Its fine. I just got hit on it, Deng said after Saturday's game vs. Charlotte.
Meanwhile, center Joakim Noah will likely be a gametime decision based on how his sprained ankle reacts during warmups. Noah described the problems the ankle caused him before deciding to sit out Saturday night.
I tried everything I could, said Noah. I had no push whatsoever. There was just no point in trying to play."
Johnson reports power forward Taj Gibson is likely to miss Monday's game with a sprained ankle he suffered Friday night in Cleveland. John Lucas III told CSNChicago.com's Aggrey Sam that he expects to return to the lineup Monday.