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(CBS) Derrick Rose is back in the Bulls’ lineup after missing five straight games with a back injury. He will start against the Atlanta Hawks in Monday’s matinee at the United Center.
C.J. Watson is out with a mild concussion and Richard Hamilton is again out with his leg injury.
Rose practiced with the Bulls Sunday and head coach Tom Thibodeau admitted his star player is making progress.
“Today was more physical,” the head coach said. “He defended pick-and-rolls, went one-on-one, defended the post, played in the post, defended catch-and-shoot. He did a lot. We’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
There is a sentiment that Rose should rest until after the All-Star break, but Thibodeau was intent on letting Rose play as soon as he was healthy enough to do so.