Rose 'likely out' for playoffs while Gibson changes brace

Rose 'likely out' for playoffs while Gibson changes brace
April 20, 2013, 2:30 pm
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The Chicago Bulls 2013 NBA playoff run starts tonight with the same storyline as the regular season -- injuries galore. Here are the latest injury updates after the Bulls morning practice in Brooklyn.

Derrick Rose is out for game one and seeing any action in the playoffs is probably unlikely. Saturday morning Tom Thibodeau admitted that Rose playing is probably a long shot, even though he'd be willing to put him in during the middle of a series.

"Most likely out, but you never know. The playoffs are stretched out too, so you have to factor that in too. So, who knows another week from now where he is so, you always want to have that possibility open,” Thibodeau said.

Joakim Noah sounds almost as doubtful for game one. He went through some quick warm-up activity before the morning practice, but the Bulls are sticking with a game-time decision. Thibs says he doesn't want Noah out there playing injured and that is clearly the case.

When it comes to Taj Gibson, things are looking up. Gibson says he will play with a new brace on his knee tonight. It's smaller and lighter than what he was using previously. Gibson will be in and watched closely.

"It’s the playoffs, it's all out," Gibson said Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, Luol Deng thinks the key to the series will be the Bulls team defense. Even with the team at less than 100 percent, he's confident that all the injuries are just a hurdle.  

"It happens. It's just the way it is. We got guys back and we got guys that are still battling a little bit of injury, but we got guys who stepped up all year and I know they are going to step up again," said Deng.

Check out all the pre-game action with Mark Schanowski, Sidney Green and Will Perdue at 6 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Central. I'll be courtside in Brooklyn with live reports from the Barclays Center and a special interview with Nets sideline reporter Sarah Kustok. Remember her?   

Then, it's the "hometown call" with Neil Funk and Stacey King at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.