Bulls guard Derrick Rose has been looking forward to returning to the Bulls lineup, especially against the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday. Still recovering from a groin injury, Rose will miss his ninth straight game according to the Chicago Tribune.
Despite his disappointment, Rose maintains some positivity.
"Just trying to put it behind me, man," he said Saturday. "Just trying to stay positive."
Rose hasn't participated in a full scrimmage since the injury but the Bulls haven't had too many issues as they are 14-5 without Rose.
The Tribune also reports that Richard Hamilton - whose return was postponed Friday vs. the Pistons - will be a game-time decision.
Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue break down the Bulls' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.
TNT Bulls are back this week as the team heads into a crucial stretch.
Currently, the Bulls sit half a game back of the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and with just eight games remaining on the schedule, each contest is essentially a must-win.
So, yes, Thursday would be a great time for Jimmy Butler and company to summon their TNT alter ego. The Bulls have sealed 18 straight victories when playing on TNT Thursday, an improbable feat considering those games are usually reserved for two of the NBA's best.
To continue that run, they'll have to down Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are also fighting for playoff positioning -- albeit at the top of the conference. Good thing the Bulls have a tendency to get up for big games.
"The Bulls play up and down to their competition," Bulls Pregame and Postgame analyst Kendall Gill said. "They've been doing that the whole season."
After Cleveland, the Bulls get set to battle another playoff squad, the Atlanta Hawks.
Watch the video above to see Schanowski, Gill and Perdue break down the matchups.