BOSTON The decision as to whether Bulls point guard Derrick Rose plays in Friday nights game against the Celtics wont happen until after the reigning league MVP warms up prior to the contest, according to Tom Thibodeau.
Were hopeful, said the Bulls head coach following the teams morning shootaround at the TD BankNorth Garden. Hes feeling a lot better and hell warm up tonight, and well see if he can go.
Rose will play if he doesnt have any discomfort from this morning and he feels like hes ready to go, continued Thibodeau about Rose, who suffered a sprained-toe injury in the first quarter of Tuesdays win at Minnesota and subsequently missed Wednesdays home victory over Washington. Most guys in the league are hurting in some way, but were not going to risk further injury to him. If hes at risk, we certainly wouldnt play him. But Derrick has always responded well to treatment, so he was feeling better Thursday and hes feeling a lot better today.
Rose was unavailable for comment Friday morning, but although Thibodeau said he participated in a non-contact portion of the shootaround, he continues to wear a precautionary walking boot.