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Fred Hoiberg says Derrick Rose's and Jimmy Butler's return dates still aren't set

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Derrick Rose may have missed the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, but Chicago Bulls fans will be glad to hear that the MRI results of Jimmy Butler left knee have come back looking good, according to ESPN.

The Bulls lost 103-95 to the Blazers on Saturday night, and their head coach Fred Hoiberg said before the game that Rose is dealing with continuous problems with right hamstring tendinitis.

He said: "I actually worked Derrick out this morning and he looks better. He looks a lot better than he did the last couple days but [he's] still having trouble exploding off that leg."

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This was the 10th game which the 2011 MVP had missed this season, but while Hoiberg has said he isn't worried about Rose's hamstring injury, he is unable to provide a return date for the 27-year-old.

He said of the six foot three point guard: "A lot of it's based on feel. He wasn't moving around great. Better than the last couple days, but he's still got a pretty good limp.

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"We got him some conditioning and we really wanted to push him and test it so we did some full-court conditioning, a lot of shooting drills. He got through a lot of it, but again, he got pretty sore at the end and still isn't able to explode off that leg. So just not quite ready yet."

As for Butler, he has had a knee injury since the game against the Denver Nuggets on February 5. Hoiberg has said his MRI 'looked good' but his return date is yet to be set as well.

He said: "The swelling is significantly down and now it's just a matter of Jimmy getting back out there, getting his timing back, getting his conditioning and getting comfortable. He still hasn't exploded off the one leg, he's done some two-foot jumping. He's done some lateral slides, now it's about getting him out there in scrimmage-type situations and getting him ready to play.

"Once he gets out there on the floor and does some 2-on-2, 3-on-3 -- work him up to some 5-on-5. But right now I guess it's still a little too early to tell, and once he starts the scrimmage stuff we'll have a better idea."

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