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Rose says ankles are fine: Bulls star sustained sprained ankles in Cavs loss.
Rose trying to be smart: Point guard wants to avoid further setbacks.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is optimistic that he will recover from sprained ankles to feature against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.
The 26-year-old sat out Saturday night’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves due to the problem, although he did participate with his team-mates in the pre-game warm-up and was scratched late from the starting line-up.
Rose sustained sprains in both of his ankles during the loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but after participating in practice on Monday and with the decision to sit him on the weekend just a precautionary measure, he is expected to feature.
“We’ll see [Tuesday],” Thibodeau told reporters. “He’s better today than he was [Sunday].”
“We’re going by where he is, how he’s feeling. When you think back with Team USA he did five games in six days and he didn’t have any problems. He did nine [games] in 16 [days]. If he’s feeling good, great. And if he needs time, then we’re going to give him time. It’s really that simple.”
The former league MVP played in just 10 games over the past two NBA seasons and so the Bulls are erring on the side of caution when it comes to his health.
Having impressed against the New York Knicks and against Cleveland, Rose appears to be on the right track to getting back to his pre-injury level of performance, but he will not want to aggravate any problems which would slow down his progress.
Meanwhile, Taj Gibson is also expected to play against the Magic after recovering from his own ankle sprain which he suffered against the Cavs also.
Gibson was also back in practice on Monday after missing Saturday’s game, and he revealed that it felt good although he will be re-evaluated ahead of the encounter.