The Bulls are getting one of their starting guards back.
After sitting out for three games with hamstring tendonitis, Derrick Rose told media members he would be back and going full speed Tuesday night in Miami. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.
Officially the Bulls list Rose as probable. But he’ll play.
Before the injury, Rose was playing his best ball in a couple of seasons. In his last five games he has averaged 22 points a game, shooting 45 percent from three, and dishing out 5.4 assists per game. More importantly, he seemed to have some explosion back in his legs. At least until the injury.
And that’s the question with Rose. It’s not “can he play well for a stretch” but rather can he sustain it and can he stay healthy. Those two questions still linger.
Jimmy Butler could return to practice with the Bulls Friday or this weekend, with a return to the court not long after.
The Bulls need their guards. They are in a virtual tie with Indiana, Charlotte, and Detroit — and Washington just 1.5 games back — all fighting for the final three playoff slots in the East. For these teams, the playoffs start now, and every win matters. Getting Rose back will help.