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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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