The Chicago Bulls have listed Derrick Rose (left hamstring tightness) as probable for their Friday afternoon tilt with the Celtics in Boston, along with Joakim Noah (left eye/left knee) and Kirk Hinrich (chest).
Rose has yet to start and finish consecutive games this season, but says he won’t let the lingering injuries keep his spirits down.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has applied public pressure on his superstar point guard to suit up and push through the pain, but says he’s happy with the effort Rose is putting forth to be on the court.
“I’m feeling good,” Rose said. “I’m taking it one day at a time, getting the most out of all my treatments every day. Like I said before, just really trying to listen to my body. … 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,” he said. “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.”
“Coming back and even just playing a quarter, or playing a game, or even winning games and not having played in two years, that gives me a lot of confidence right there,” Rose said. “I don’t know if too many people could come back with the situation that I had or the hand I was dealt. That gives me confidence just knowing that I feel like I’m different.”