On Sunday, Derrick Rose said he has been trying to run with little success because of a sore groin that has forced him to miss 11 straight games. Before Monday night's game against the Rockets, coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose has been running.
Confused? You're not alone. Thibodeau insists, however, that his star point guard has not suffered any setbacks.
"He's adding on to what he's doing each and every day," Thibodeau said. "That's the encouraging thing. He's doing more and more and not having any repercussions the next day. He's going step by step. We just have to be patient, let him work through it and he'll be fine."
Rose was walking without a limp before Monday's game, which was one sign of progress, at least. Thibodeau said he's confident that Rose will return to the starting lineup before the regular-season finale against the Cavaliers on April 26.
"It's a groin," he said. "It's tricky. You just have to be patient and continue to do his rehab. As long as he's making progress that's all we're concerned with."
Rip Hamilton missed his 15th straight game with a shoulder injury. Thibodeau has said repeatedly that Hamilton is healthy enough to play but he wants to play it safe.