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D-Rose participates in first full practice since April 15

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Derrick Rose participated in a full practice with his teammates on Tuesday at the United Center for the first time since aggravating an ankle injury against the Pistons on April 15.

"We got D-Rose back," Carlos Boozer said. "He's still not 100 percent but he's working through it."

The Indiana Pacers may rest Danny Granger in Wednesday night's game at Conseco Fieldhouse but other starters are expected to play even though they are locked into the third seed in the East.

The Bulls could lock up home-court advantage throughout the conference playoffs with a win or a Miami loss. The Heat play at Boston tonight.

"Anytime you're going head to head with a team like that, it's good," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of playing the Pacers. "It helps get you ready for what you're going to be facing. The important thing is not to change our approach, to prepare the exact same way, know your opponent, know what you want to get accomplished, know what their strengths and weaknessess are. What are the things we want to take away from them? What are the things we're going to try to live with? What are we going to try to accomplish offensively? Those are the things you look at."

At 48-16, the Bulls and Spurs have identical records but the Bulls own the tiebreaker over San Antonio because they beat them head-to-head earlier this season.

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