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Bulls: Derrick Rose to play and start Tuesday vs. Trail Blazers

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Bulls: Derrick Rose to play and start Tuesday vs. Trail Blazers

Derrick Rose went through a second full practice Monday in Portland and barring anything crazy happening, will play Tuesday night against the Trail Blazers, a place that hasn’t been the kindest to him or the Bulls.

Many will remember Rose tore his right meniscus, two years ago yesterday, in Portland to end his 2013-14 season after he missed the 2012-13 season with a torn ACL.

“He was good. He made it through another full practice,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “Good to see him out there, we got up and down a little bit. And Derrick made it through the full practice.”

Rose was going through his usual volume of shots after practice, one he predicted on Sunday would be a more arduous go-round in preparation for a game after three days off as a team.

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He’s been away from game action since last week when he turned his left ankle late in a win against the Indiana Pacers at the United Center, a 23-point, six-assist performance.

Assuming he plays — and that’s a pretty confident assertion from all involved — he’ll start. Any minute restrictions have yet to be announced, if any decisions have been made.

“I think we'll make that determination based on how he feels in the morning,” Hoiberg said. “But I think he felt good this morning when he woke up and again, he made it through the full practice without any limitations.”

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Assuming Rose picks up where he left off, the majority of decisions will be made by himself and Jimmy Butler, who’s coming off multiple dominant performances against Phoenix and Golden State.

One of Hoiberg’s tasks has been to maximize Rose, Butler and Pau Gasol while finding ways to get Joakim Noah, Nikola Mirotic and others involved in the offense.

“Yeah, the ball will be in their hands a lot, and then you'll run a two-man game with Pau,” Hoiberg said. “Derrick's done a nice job with the floor flattened out. So a lot of it will depend on who's got it going. But to answer your question, yeah, the ball will be in those two guys' hands a lot at the end of games.”

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Hub Arkush (ProFootball Weekly) and Jason Goch (SB Nation) join Kap on the panel.

The guys debate which team will finish with a higher draft pick when the season ends: Bulls or Blackhawks?

Plus, hear their reaction to the MLB’s new pace-of-play rule change.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: