After missing Friday night’s win in Toronto, Derrick Rose will play in Saturday evening’s game against Indiana at the United Center.
“So he’s a go,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Rose missed two consecutive practices leading up to the Bulls’ game against the Raptors due to a sore right hamstring, an injury suffered in the fourth quarter of Monday’s win over Cleveland at the United Center. The point guard didn’t participate in Friday morning’s shootaround after Thibodeau deemed him “unlikely” to suit up later, but following the contest, Rose said he hoped to play against the Pacers.
“Well, each day he improved. We wanted to make sure that he could pass the tests where he’s good enough where we feel he can play. One, he had to be cleared by Fred (Tedeschi, the Bulls’ head athletic trainer), and two, he has to feel he’s good enough to play,” Thibodeau explained about the former league MVP’s recovery. “He had to pass a number of tests with Fred to get cleared by him first and then we did a shooting session with him, so we’ll see where he is.”
Regarding Rose’s playing time, Thibodeau said, “I want to see how he looks when he starts.”
Given Rose’s early-season struggles, naturally, Thibodeau was asked about if and when his team’s star player would have a breakthrough performance.
“I think he’s getting close. He tweaked a hamstring, and I thought he hit a stretch in the Cleveland game, where in the third quarter, I thought he got into a nice rhythm,” the coach said. “So I thought he was very, very close at that point. Each day, just improve. It will come. He’s a great player, and it’s going to happen.”