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Derrick Rose to play against Celtics Friday

Jan 13, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

Derrick Rose has a sprained toe but he will play through it on Friday night, he told ESPN’s Ric Bucher.

Rose injured the toe on Tuesday against Minnesota and sat out Wednesday against the lowly Washington Wizards (his replacement John Lucas III dropped 25). Friday against the Celtics was always another matter. You knew he would go.

If the toe really is still bothersome the Bulls would be wise to sit Rose and let it heal, you don’t want your star player to be fighting through a lingering injury. In a condensed schedule, bumps and bruises don’t get a chance to heal,

But Rose is a competitor and the Celtics are a measuring stick. You kind of knew he would play. So we’ll see how the Bulls — and the Celtics — measure up.

  1. brooklynbulls - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Rose is a special player. Few players possess the drive and determination he has. He’s in his 4th year and has only missed seven games, total. Reminds me of MJ.

  2. pudgalvin - Jan 13, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    If the Celtics are a measuring stick, the Bulls are the greatest team ever. (Bulls, please keep this up in the second half and don’t make me look like a fool).

  3. philtration - Jan 13, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Rose looked great tonight.

    Luol Deng may be the most underrated player in the NBA.
    He does everything they need and he does it night after night.

    • brooklynbulls - Jan 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Agreed!!!

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