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Heat Vs. Bulls: Chicago Dominates Overtime In 96-86 Win

Even with Derrick Rose struggling, the Chicago Bulls pulled off quite the victory in overtime on Thursday night.

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Bulls Vs. Heat: Derrick Rose Practices, Hopeful To Play Miami

According to The Chicago Tribune, the reigning MVP, PG Derrick Rose, practiced with the team and is considered a game-time decision Thursday night. Despite the Chicago Bulls losing three of their last five games, the Bulls' head coach, Tom Thibodeau, is being extra cautious about the star point guard's return to the court:

"He did some shooting, ran through some offense," Thibodeau said. "He did some of the defensive drills. He did the walkthrough."

If the Rose is not well enough to start against the Miami Heat on Thursday night, fourth year PG C.J. Watson will get the start in his place, likely opening the door for minutes to go to PG John Lucas III.

With a 44-14 record, the Bulls have already locked in their trip to the 2012 NBA Playoffs, but with the Heat (40-16) and Indiana Pacers (36-22) close behind, they have yet to secure the top seed.

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Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls Expect Star Point Guard To Play Vs. Heat, According To Report

The Chicago Bulls hold a three lead over the Miami Heat for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but with two of the eight remaining regular season games being matchups against Miami, Chicago's No. 1 seed in the playoffs is anything but assured. The Bulls still need wins if they want homecourt in a potential Eastern Conference finals rematch, and for that to happen, they'll likely need star point guard Derrick Rose on the court.

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Rose missed 12 straight games with a groin injury before returning on Eastern Sunday against the New York Knicks in a loss at Madison Square Garden. Rose suffered an ankle injury during the defeated that kept him out of Tuesday night's rematch with New York at the United Center. With a game against the Heat looming Thursday night, everyone wants to know if the Bulls will have Rose in tow.

Here's what we know right now: the Bulls are expecting Rose to play, according to the Trib's K.C. Johnson.

The Bulls defeated the Heat without Rose on March 14 behind 24 points from John Lucas III. Chicago also plays Miami on April 19.

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