The Chicago Bulls aims to get back to winning ways later tonight when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers, and they will do so with one of their star players, Derrick Rose.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg announced, according to Vincent Goodwell of CSN Chicago, that the point guard will be playing tonight, his first game back since he hurt his left ankle late in a win against the Indiana Pacers last week, and he is even likely to start the game.
Hoiberg said about Rose's practice: “He was good. He made it through another full practice. Good to see him out there, we got up and down a little bit. And Derrick made it through the full practice.”
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
Rose missed two games last week, the win away at the Phoenix Suns, and the loss away at the Golden State Warriors. Helping the Bulls return back to winning ways tonight will help the Chicago-based franchise stay close to the top of the Eastern Conference.
If he is able to play, he will start, but no minute restrictions have been announced, which is the usual case as a precaution by teams for players returning from injury.
Hoiberg said: “I think we'll make that determination based on how he feels in the morning. But I think he felt good this morning when he woke up and again, he made it through the full practice without any limitations.”
Rose was in good form prior to his injury, as he achieved a 23-point, six assist performance against the Pacers last time out. Anything close or beyond that performance for Rose tonight and the Bulls will be happy.