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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has a mild left hamstring strain and has been listed as day-to-day according to coach Tom Thibodeau.
Rose picked up the injury late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s 100-93 win over the Toronto Raptors, and while he did not need an MRI scan he also took to the treadmill during practice on Friday which suggests he could yet feature on Saturday.
“He’s feeling OK,” Thibodeau said. “He’s got a mild strain, he’s day-to-day. He did some stuff today. We’ll see where he is [Saturday] and going forward.”
“Anything is possible, I guess. But I think when a guy comes back who’s been out an extended amount of time, there’s going to be things that crop up. He’s just got to work his way through it.
“He’ll be fine. It happens. Those things happen. So just keep putting one foot in front of the other, keep moving forward, and whatever the circumstances are, you deal with them.”
The 26-year-old has already missed four games this season with sprained ankles and he received a backlash last week after commenting that he would take his time when recovering from injuries in order to ensure he is 100 percent healthy as he contemplates his life after basketball.
Bulls center Joakim Noah was forced to defend him in a fiery outburst aimed at the media and Rose’s critics on Thursday, while Pau Gasol echoed those sentiments and suggested that he hoped fans would back off the former league MVP for a while as he goes through the process of returning to consistent action.
Thibodeau was keen to stress that these setbacks are arguably natural after sitting out nearly two and a half years of play, but he is confident along with the entire organisation that Rose will get back to his best and be a fundamental part of the championship push this season.