Bulls' Derrick Rose misses 10th straight game
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)
''I tried to (run) but they're taking it easy,'' the reigning league MVP said after the Bulls lost 92-78 at Oklahoma City on Sunday. ''The most I'm doing is with the weights and stretching and trying to loosen up the scar tissue.''
The Bulls, who have the league's best record, are 14-6 this season without Rose and 28-6 with him. They're 7-3 during his current absence.
When asked if he'd be back in time for the playoffs at the end of the month, Rose said: ''I think so. If it's up to me, yeah.''
''It's going to take me a minute to get my rhythm back. Hopefully it takes a game and I'll be great,'' Rose said. ''We'll see.''
Chicago has just 12 games left in the regular season, which ends April 26.
''I'm not worried at all,'' Rose said. ''We've been together for a while now. We know each other's games. Me being out just watching everybody, I know everybody's tendencies now being on the bench for this long.''
Richard Hamilton, the other half of Chicago's starting backcourt, missed his 14th straight game because of a right shoulder contusion. Coach Tom Thibodeau considered him a game-time decision but ended up keeping him on the bench.
He wasn't sure if Hamilton would play Monday night against Houston.
''I've just got to be convinced. It's more me. He thinks he's ready but I just want to make sure we're smart,'' Thibodeau said.
Thibodeau said Hamilton has been taking on more contact in practice recently but he's being cautious with the 12-year veteran guard, who has played in only 16 of the Bulls' 54 games because of injuries. He also missed time with thigh and groin injuries.
''I feel good about Rip because Rip's been practicing. He's made very good progress,'' Thibodeau said. ''He has no problems with his lower body. He's doing a lot of shooting. The thing is the contact part of it. I just want to make sure from that aspect. But all the lower body injuries he's had, he's completely healthy.''