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Rose rehabs while team has short practice

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The Bulls reviewed film of Tuesday night's win over the Sacramento Kings, did some shooting and called it a practice on Wednesday at the Berto Center.

Derrick Rose did not practice with the team but was off site rehabilitating his injured back. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he remains "day to day." That said, it seems doubtful that he will play against the Celtics on Thursday night at the United Center.

"He's still not quite ready," Thibodeau said. "We'll see where he is. Each day he has gotten better. We're encouraged by that."

Thibodeau said he's fairly satisfied with where his team stands despite so many injuries and a schedule dominated by road games during the first half of the season.

"You factor in a lot of things," he said. "I like the way we're playing tough on the road. There are a lot of areas we can still improve on. We've done a pretty good job of putting ourselves in position to win. We just have to keep finding ways to win. Every teams goes through stretches when their schedules are tough or you may have some injuries but you just have to navigate through that."

Thibodeau also praised Luol Deng, who had one of his best games of his career against the Kings with 23 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

"We like some of the stuff he's been doing lately and we wanted to go to it more and it's an option we have," Thibodeau said of running the offense through the forward, which he did at times against Sacramento. "He's a very unselfish player. If there are two players on him he always hits the open man. We wanted to do that. Jo [Noah] was playmaking, too. We like the versatility of Luol and Jo making plays."

Noah had 22 points three assists and 11 rebounds.

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