Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who is expected to miss his seventh consecutive game with a strained groin, said he is ''getting better every day,'' but could not predict when he would play again.
''It's day-by-day,'' Rose said Monday after the Bulls' shootaround at the Berto Center. ''It's getting better every day. I'm able to move a little bit more. I'm getting treatment twice a day. Hopefully I'll be out there soon.''
Rose has been getting massage treatment and running in a pool and on a treadmill, ''where it takes your body weight off.'' But he still is not running on the court or participating in practice.
The Bulls are 5-1 since Rose suffered the latest injury. The Bulls play the Denver Nuggets on Monday night at the United Center. They play at Atlanta on Wednesday night and face the Detroit Pistons on Friday at home.
''I'm trying to rush back as quickly as possible,'' Rose said. ''But this is my first time injuring my groin. It takes a little time. It's getting better. But they're playing great without me.''
Rose has missed 16 games with three different injuries this season -- back spasms, turf toe and the groin. He said the decision to return will be his.
''Whenever I feel like I'm 100 percent or close to it, I'm going to play, no matter who says what,'' he said. ''The call is up to me.''
Richard Hamilton, who has missed the last 11 games with a bruised shoulder, is participating in practice and closer to returning than Rose. He also is a game-time decision for tonight. But Hamilton has yet to go through a practice with contact and is unlikely to return until he does.
''But right now we're not doing a whole lot of contact, either,'' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''But they're doing more and more each day. It's a good sign.''