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April 9, 2015 Updates

After it was over, Rose acknowledged that he felt "good" being back on the floor with his teammates, but was disappointed they couldn't get a win against a non-playoff team in the Magic. "I'm just happy to be playing," Rose said. "It's not one thing. The shots I put up, I felt they were good shots, hard shots, and I'm more concerned with us losing more than anything.'' ESPN.com

Rose remains hopeful that he will be able to play Thursday night against the Miami Heat in the back end of a back-to-back. The Bulls only have four regular-season games remaining and have slid into the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The Toronto Raptors have the tiebreaker by virtue of their Atlantic Division championship. "I think that's the plan," Rose said of playing against the Heat. "I know that I'm feeling good. Tomorrow, see how it feels and try and give it a go.'' ESPN.com

April 8, 2015 Updates
April 7, 2015 Updates

Rose started "full-contact" practices one week ago and once again, he did everything at practice, Thibodeau said. Rose hasn't had any setbacks, but Thibodeau wouldn't give a firm date on when or if he’d return this week. “It’s steady,” Thibodeau said. “Each week he’s gone through each phase of the rehab. He’s progressed well. He hasn’t had any setbacks. The next step is to play in the games. As soon as he’s comfortable to do that, we’ll get started with that.” ESPN.com

April 6, 2015 Updates

Derrick Rose's return date to the Chicago Bulls' lineup remains unclear with five games remaining. Rose has been taking contact in practice the past week. But coach Tom Thibodeau would not say Monday when he will return from his latest knee operation. He says Rose has not experienced any setbacks and that he just has "to feel comfortable enough to play." He says the star point guard's conditioning is improving. USA Today Sports

Mirotic, a 6-foot-10 forward, is the reigning Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month. In March, he averaged 20.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. "I know it is tough as a rookie when you come here," Vucevic says. "It's not always easy. He was on a good team with a lot of good players, so his playing time wasn't going to be consistent. I just told him to be patient. "They had some injuries and he got a lot of playing time and he took advantage of it and he's been playing great for a month or so. I'm really happy for him. He's a guy that really works hard, that's come a long way. So I'm very happy he's doing very well." Orlando Sentinel

But Noah gets a chance to be physical with the Cavs and had a tough foul on James early in the third quarter with the Cavs leading 65-60. The officials jumped in as James got up and seemed to walk toward Noah. But James was just walking to the free throw line to shoot. On the next possession, Noah would stop a Cavs fast break with a little hip check foul on James. Though they both were common fouls and not really out of the ordinary, Cavs coach David Blatt after the game offered his own dramatic soliloquy about the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune heaped on his star. "I thought some of the things that happened were a little overboard. I really do," Blatt said afterward. "But the league will take a look at it and they'll decide what's right." NBA.com

April 5, 2015 Updates

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is hopeful point guard Derrick Rose will return to action this week. Rose had a meniscectomy on his right knee Feb. 27 and was expected to miss four to six weeks. He has missed 20 games since having the procedure. "Only he knows his body and that's the big thing," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "So he's got to continue to work through it and I trust him. When he says, he's ready. "Everything's going according to plan. He's got to keep taking the contact on, keep moving forward, and hopefully it will be soon. ... He feels good physically, mentally. We just have to be patient." Toronto Sun


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