TORONTO — Derrick Rose will miss Friday night’s game against the Raptors due to his lingering sore right hamstring, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau announced prior to the contest.
“He’s improved, but he’s still not quite there, so we’ll see where he is [Saturday],” Thibodeau said. “Each day, he’s gotten better, so we just want to make sure. So we’ll see where it is and we don’t want to skip over things. I hate to speculate because we don’t know.”
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It remains a possibility that the former league MVP could play Saturday, in the second half of the Bulls’ first back-to-back set of the season, a home game against Central Division opponent Indiana, currently the league’s lone undefeated squad.
Rose suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s win over Cleveland at the United Center, then missed the team’s two practices before leaving for Toronto. The point guard received treatment during the Bulls’ morning shootaround at the Air Canada Centre and while he was optimistic about playing, he didn’t participate in the walk-through session.
Veteran Kirk Hinrich will start in Rose’s place, with second-year reserve Marquis Teague and former Raptors player Mike James backing him up.