Monday January 12th, 2015

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said his is knee is fine and he will play in Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Rose played in 11 straight games before missing Saturday’s 95-87 win against the Milwaukee Bucks due to left knee soreness.

He has played in 27 of the team’s 38 games this season, averaging 16.9 points, 4.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 29 minutes per game, while shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 25.5 percent on three-pointers.

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Rose missed the entire 2012-13 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and played only 10 games last season following a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau also said forward Mike Dunleavy could return this week, Johnson reports. Dunleavy has missed the last five games with an ankle injury.

The Bulls (26-12) are in third place in the Eastern Conference, 3.5 games behind the Atlanta Hawks.

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