Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is expected to play Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic, ESPN’s Nick Friedell reports.
Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose was probable after participating in Monday’s practice and Tuesday’s shootaround. Rose sprained both his ankles during Friday’s home-opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers and missed Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Rose said that despite some discomfort, he hopes to play and plans on arriving early to prepare. “I’m feeling good. Every day it’s improving,” he said.
The 26-year-old missed the entire 2012-13 season after tearing his ACL and played only ten games last season before tearing his meniscus. In his return on Wednesday, Rose scored 13 points in 21 minutes as the Bulls beat the New York Knicks 104-80.
Bulls power forward Taj Gibson, who also missed Saturday with a sprained ankle, is expected to play Tuesday night as well. He is likely to start in place of center Joakim Noah, who is a game-time decision after not participating in the shootaround due to illness.
The Bulls are 2-1 so far this season.
- Danielle Zhu