Rose is listed as questionable, and has missed Chicago’s last three games with a sore right hamstring and sore right knee. An MRI Monday revealed no structural damage in his leg.
“Unless there's a setback, yeah [he'll play],” head coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters Tuesday, according to ESPN. “Still a little bit unsure ... if he has any type of soreness or if he wakes up with any type of swelling as the day goes on, we'll take a cautious approach. But it was good to see him out there in shootaround. He had his legs [under him], and hopefully he'll be able to go.”
Chicago has been cautious with Rose, who has a long history of knee issues. He tore his left ACL in 2012, tore his right meniscus in 2013, and had another procedure on the same meniscus in February 2015. The former MVP sustained an orbital fracture in the preseason which caused him to wear a mask in games up until recently, and has been up and down with his level of play this season.
Rose’s performance has improved of late, the point guard averaging 21.3 points in his past three games. The Bulls have won their last four games and five of their last six, with Jimmy Butler pouring in a franchise-record 40 points in the second half of Sunday’s win over the Raptors. Chicago currently sits second in the Eastern Conference.
The Bulls (20–12) host the Bucks (14–22) at 8 p.m. Tuesday, their first meeting since last season’s first-round playoff series, which Chicago won in six games.
- Jeremy Woo