Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls PG Practices, Tom Thibodeau Encouraged

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose took contact while participating during the team's entire practice on Wednesday and coach Tom Thibodeau is encouraged by the progress, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago. At this point, Rose is a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Boston Celtics.

While Chicago has had stunning success with C.J. Watson, John Lucas III and Mike James filling in for Rose at various points this season, it's obvious that the Bulls need their best player to compete at the highest level. Rose hasn't played since injuring his groin against the New York Knicks on March 12, with Wednesday's practice being the first time he's even taken contact since then.

If he can get on the court against Boston, he'll certainly be tested early by Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. In the 21 games that Rose has missed this season, the Bulls are 14-7.

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