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Tom Thibodeau confirms Rose will return before season ends

Apr 2, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

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When will Derrick Rose be back?

He is sitting out his 11th straight game Monday night, and the Bulls have not been pressured to put him back in the lineup too soon because the Miami Heat have put it in cruise control and not pressured Chicago for the top seed in the East.

But at some point you want him back to shake off the rust and get his timing back during the regular season before the Bulls have to take on the Knicks in the first round (most likely).

Rose said that would happen Sunday and coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed it Monday, via the twitter of KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

No real shock there. But the Bulls need Rose to be right come the playoffs. They are title contenders, but they have a smaller margin for error than the Thunder or the Heat (at least when the Heat are firing on all cylinders). Expect him to play at least half a dozen games.

Richard Hamilton returned to the Bulls lineup Monday night.

  1. pudgalvin - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    No Rose is starting to show. The Lucas magic has worn out and Watson has been just terrible lately. They get into these offensive ruts that Derrick used to get them out of, now they just hope Deng or Korver can knock down some shots. When they don’t, the Bulls offense can get downright miserable. 31 points combined in their last 2 3rd quarters, and they’ve scored 23 or less in 9 of their last 12 quarters. Not good.

    • LilTmac2003 - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      While I do agree with most of what your saying, I still don’t think it’s a reason to panic.

      As stubborn as he sounds, I’m with Thibs about the last two losses (Thunder and Rockets). Offense really isn’t an issue, it’s the defense.

      It was the Bulls first loss this season when they have scored under 80pts when they played the Thunder. Personally, I think they lost that game b/c they played with 0 energy and 0 intensity.

      Against the Rockets, Bulls were up by 15pts at one point and gave up the lead. It was their defense that slipped.

      Adding D-Rose back to the lineup will only increase their chances of winning…but the Bulls team isn’t built on one’s a team based thing.

      Anyways, Chicago Tribune was reporting that Rose can finally start take on some contact in practice starting on Tuesday. That’s a good sign.

  2. glink123 - Apr 2, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Agreed. Watson needs to be drug tested. He’s not right. Seems completely lost at times, almost disoriented. Bulls management have been equally incompetent with the way they’ve managed the roster during the past month. What happened to Mike James??

    • sellahh - Apr 3, 2012 at 6:05 AM

      Jesus, how bandwagonish you ppl are, I don’t even-
      Bulls lose two back-to-back games against a top3 team in this league and a gritty Rockets team and you ppl… Nvm, i don’t even-

      • berto55 - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:58 AM

        I believe you mean frontrunners, not bandwaoners, but yeah, no kidding….two losses and the sky is falling. These are the same people calling the radio show yesterday trying to blow the team up and get more “athletic”. First, this team is pretty athletic and second, athletic doesn’t always make you good….Philly is athletic and they aren’t legit title contenders. You need a great sum of parts, not a bunch of the same parts.

  3. chitownmatt - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Quite simply, the Bulls need BOTH Rose and Hamilton to be right as rain come playoff time.

    Get Well Soon, D-. 😉

  4. pudgalvin - Apr 3, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I don’t know about that, but the bigger picture is the bulls have been playing average basketball for a couple weeks now. Dropped 4 in a row to the west, struggled to beat the raptors in a back to back, and just generally struggled on offense and defense. The point is that they’re a solid Philly-esque team without rose, but with him they’re an elite team.

  5. monarch897 - Apr 3, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Every team is feeling the fatigue of this season. I am encouraged that it took the Bulls this long to show that they are worn out. Thibs needs to accept this fact and not push so hard otherwise we will be hearing about it in the offseason as a bad move. Look at Miami in cruise control

  6. iowahbr - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Thibodeau is a good coach on the technical side and really good on defense but as a communicator with the fan base he is 2 notches below terrible. This whole Rose groin issue has been more hidden than revealed and he has not yet gotten anything out of the Hamilton trade. (not his fault) It is the same team of super over-achievers that won the most games in the NBA last year and fell to the Heat. When the other team is running at full bore and is good on defense the Bulls lack a front court player (to match Rose when healthy) who can create his own shot. I am fan but still not expecting them to get past the 2nd or perhaps 3d round. Hope that I am wrong.

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