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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has insisted that he remains confident that he will be able to play regularly once he overcomes his current setbacks.
Rose played against Utah on Monday night but then lasted just 10 minutes against Denver before coach Tom Thibodeau opted to take him out of the game as he felt that he wasn’t 100% fit.
The 26-year-old has been struggling with a hamstring strain for the past week which forced him to miss four games, while he also sat out four games earlier this season with sprained ankles.
Coupled with his comments to the media, Rose has received a significant backlash so far this season to his inability to play consistently, but he is confident that he will be able to do so sooner rather than later.
“If I’m ready to go, I’m ready. If not, just really pay attention to my body. But the plan is that I want to play. So hopefully I’ll be out there playing.
“You will see. I know I’m going to be all right. It’s just that I’m getting a bad hand right now. I’m going through tough times, but I know it could always be worse. And I know that I always got faith in myself and faith that somebody’s looking over me.”
Thibodeau has doubts over Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson for Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics, although he is expecting to have his point guard and first-choice center ready to go.
Noah missed the game against the Nuggets with eye and knee problems, but he revealed that both felt better and that he would look to feature against Boston.
Meanwhile, Gibson is still struggling with his ankle injury and could require more time to recover as the Bulls look to get back to winning ways and become more consistent after a 5-5 run in their last 10 games has left them at 9-6 overall.