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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