Rose hopes to play against Mavericks

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Rose hopes to play against Mavericks

After missing three consecutive games with a right ankle injury that also caused soreness in his foot and tendons, Derrick Rose intends to return to the Bulls lineup for Saturday evenings game against the Mavericks.

Im moving a lot better right now. Hopefully, I should be able to go. See how it feels after I ice it a little bit, said the All-Star point guard. It felt all right. It feels like a regular ankle sprain now. My tendons arent sore like they were previous days.

Rose downplayed reports that taping his ankles aggravated his injury, attributing it more to his style of play, though he did acknowledge the injury was odd.

Just playing again, getting my minutes back over time, playing the way I play, I think that has something to do with it more than the tape, he explained. When I was younger, I used to get ankle sprains. Id think nothing about fluid or anything, I just thought it was sore. Ever since I got to the league, things changed.

"If I do choose to play, its really not up to me how long Im going to play. Its Thibs; hes been doing a great job measuring my minutes, he continued. Its important, just to get my rhythm back. But my team is playing all right. Im just trying to fit in, still be a past of this team and do whatever it takes to win.

Prior to Rose speaking with the media, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose would be a game-time decision.

Rose also talked about having to sit out the Bulls loss Thursday in Miami.

Definitely hard playing against a team, knowing our background with that team, he said. Hopefully in the future, we should meet each other.

Bulls fall flat in blowout loss in Dallas

Bulls fall flat in blowout loss in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) -- Wesley Matthews has taken greater responsibility with Dirk Nowitzki out of the Dallas Mavericks' lineup much of this season.

Matthews scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half of Dallas' 107-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

"Matthews was the star of the game, obviously," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "He is our leader right now with Dirk out. He really sets the tone for us in the locker room and on the floor. He is just the vocal guy."

Matthews has accepted the expanded role as Nowitzki has been limited to five games by a strained right Achilles tendon.

"I feel like that's one of the reasons why they brought me over here (from Portland). Through this rough patch, injuries and everything, everybody had to mold together. It's almost like we had to restructure ourselves. I think everybody has embraced that."

Harrison Barnes scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half to help Dallas improve to 4-15.

Chicago was coming off a 111-105 victory over defending champion Cleveland on Friday night.

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Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 26 points.

"I don't think anybody played well tonight," Butler said. "We didn't play with energy on either end of the floor."

Barnes powered the Mavericks to a 17-point first-quarter lead with eight points.

"They came out and threw the first punch and kept throwing, and we could just never recover from that," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We did expend a lot of energy (Friday) night."

Dwight Powell (17) and rookie Dorian Finney-Smith (11) had career highs in scoring, and Deron Williams had a season-high 15 assists with only one turnover.

"The biggest thing was we were even (43-43) on the boards," Carlisle said. Andrew Bogut had a game-high 11 rebounds, and Powell grabbed eight.

Neither team scored in the first 2:15, but Dallas went on a 7-0 run over the next 1:20. The Mavericks led 23-6 with 3:17 left. The quarter ended with Dallas leading 29-18. Bogut had six points and eight rebounds.

Chicago pulled within six points three times in the second quarter, but Dallas finished the first half with a 57-45 lead. In the third quarter, Matthews had 14 points, and the Maverick led by as many as 21 points.

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