Rose, who sprained both of his ankles last Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, sat out Chicago's last two games before returning on Wednesday. He had 13 points, seven assists and two rebounds in 41 minutes to lead the Bulls to a 95-86 victory.
After the game, however, Rose acknowledged that he tweaked both of his ankles during the game.
Rose said after the game that the ankles were "still sore" and that he tweaked the injuries in a second-quarter collision. Still, the former MVP remains hopeful that he will be able to play Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.
"Of course I wasn't 100 percent tonight but I felt like we needed this win," Rose said. "And just try to come out here and do anything it takes to get this win with my teammates."
In three games this season, Rose is averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 assists in 26 minutes per game. A pair of knee injuries limited him to just 10 games over the past two seasons.
The Bulls (4-1) play at the 76ers on Friday and host the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
- Paul Palladino