With practice still going on in the Berto Center early Monday afternoon, point guard Derrick Rose left the building to get an MRI on his left ankle before the team departed for Cleveland.
Rose suffered the injury at the start of the third quarter of Game 4 on Sunday when he landed on the foot of Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal. The Bulls called a timeout and Rose was able to shake off the injury and stay in the game.
But the ankle was bothering him Monday morning and he did not participate in practice. Coach Vinny Del Negro said the MRI was a precaution and he expects Rose to play in Game 5 Tuesday night in Cleveland.
"He was sore today," Del Negro said of Rose. "He jammed it on Shaq's foot. He was limping a little, so hopefully he'll feel better tomorrow."
Forward Luol Deng also sat out practice with a sore right calf and left knee, but he also is expected to play in Game 5.
"We just have to get those guys some rest and get out there tomorrow," Del Negro said. "I think they'll both be fine and ready to play. But who's 100 percent at this time of the year? Not many guys."