DEERFIELD — Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was held out of Wednesday’s practice at the Berto Center, due to his sore right hamstring.
“He’s doing a little better. We held him out, so he didn’t practice. But he did rehab work, so we’ll see where he is (Thursday),” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He came in (Tuesday). They (the Bulls’ medical staff) felt it was minor. There wasn’t a need for an MRI. So he said he was feeling better. He’s moving a lot better.”
The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s win over Cleveland at the United Center. Thibodeau said Rose’s status for the Bulls’ next contest Friday in Toronto is uncertain, but the team’s three-day break between games doesn’t hurt.
“We’re just going to see where he is. If he can play, he’ll play. If he can’t, he’ll sit. Just taking it day by day,” he said. “Derrick needed rest, so it’s good for him."
Veteran reserve Kirk Hinrich would start for the Bulls if Rose can’t play against the Raptors.
“That’s the great value of having a guy like Kirk. The fact that he can start at the point, he can start at the two, he can come off the point and can come off the two and handles all those things extremely well,” Thibodeau said. “Some players are not very good coming off the bench. Some players are not very good starting. He has shown he can do both of those things very well, so it’s a big plus for our team.”