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Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has insisted that point guard Derrick Rose “will be fine” after he sat out a second consecutive game with sprained ankles.
Rose suffered the problem during last Friday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers which forced him to miss the fourth quarter and overtime. However, the 26-year-old participated in practice on Monday after being a late scratch from the line-up to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.
The Bulls point guard went through warm-ups with his team-mates again on Tuesday and had been expected to play, but he was ruled out just half an hour before the Magic game.
Nevertheless, Thibodeau remains optimistic about Rose’s condition and he is clearly adamant to avoid taking risks when unnecessary so early in the season.
“He practiced [Monday], he practiced today, warm up, [he’s] not quite there. So we’ll see where he is [Wednesday],” Thibodeau said. “This is all part of it. He’ll be fine.”
Kirk Hinrich started in place of Rose, while Jimmy Butler has returned from a thumb injury to provide the Bulls with a significant boost in the last two games in which he has recorded a team-high in points on both occasions.
Power forward Taj Gibson also went through Tuesday’s shootaround and started against the Magic in place of Joakim Noah who was absent with flu-like symptoms.
Thibodeau revealed that Noah has not travelled with his team-mates to Milwaukee to face the Bucks on Wednesday night, but he is set to be re-evaluated on Wednesday and will be driven down if he has recovered.
Meanwhile, it is still unclear as to whether or not Rose will feature against the Bucks, and it is expected that he will be a game-time decision as the Bulls go in search of their third consecutive win.