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Rose confident he'll play in All-Star Game

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DALLAS -- Derrick Rose's bruised right hip still is bothering him, but it doesn't appear it'll prevent him from playing in the NBA All-Star Game Sunday night.

He participated in the East team's light practice session Saturday morning and sounded determined to play. When asked to place a percentage on his chances of playing, Rose left no doubt.

"It's gonna be 100 percent," he said. "I'm gonna play in that game."

If Rose does play, East coach Stan Van Gundy likely use him one significant stretch in each half so the hip doesn't stiffen up.

"He told me that if he's gonna play me he's thinking about lumps at a time," Rose said. "Nine minutes or something like that and take me out. But he said he'll tell me."

Whether Rose will participate in the Skills Challenge Saturday night still is up in the air.

"[Bulls physician Brian] Cole is meeting me right after this to talk about it," he said. "After that, after treatment, we'll see what's gonna happen after that."

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