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Rose to be a gametime decision vs. Celtics

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Rose to be a gametime decision vs. Celtics

BOSTON The decision as to whether Bulls point guard Derrick Rose plays in Friday nights game against the Celtics wont happen until after the reigning league MVP warms up prior to the contest, according to Tom Thibodeau.

Were hopeful, said the Bulls head coach following the teams morning shootaround at the TD BankNorth Garden. Hes feeling a lot better and hell warm up tonight, and well see if he can go.

Rose will play if he doesnt have any discomfort from this morning and he feels like hes ready to go, continued Thibodeau about Rose, who suffered a sprained-toe injury in the first quarter of Tuesdays win at Minnesota and subsequently missed Wednesdays home victory over Washington. Most guys in the league are hurting in some way, but were not going to risk further injury to him. If hes at risk, we certainly wouldnt play him. But Derrick has always responded well to treatment, so he was feeling better Thursday and hes feeling a lot better today.

Rose was unavailable for comment Friday morning, but although Thibodeau said he participated in a non-contact portion of the shootaround, he continues to wear a precautionary walking boot.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns Sunday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. Something's got to give

What's the opposite of an unstoppable force vs. an immovable object? That's what we'll be looking at when the Bulls have the ball in their hands. Chicago ranks dead last in offensive efficiency, while the Suns have the 2nd worst defensive efficiency in the NBA. That means the Bulls, after scoring a season-high 123 points against the Hornets, can build on that momentum against a Suns defense that allowed 90 points in the FIRST HALF to the Rockets on Thursday.

2. Kris Dunn for real?

Fresh off the best game of his young career - he scored 22 points in a win over the Hornets on Friday - Kris Dunn continues to look like the best point guard on the Bulls roster. He's going through a really solid stretch right now, averaging 13.2 points on 47 percent shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last four games. With Eric Bledsoe out of Phoenix, Dunn could be in line for another big game going up against Mike James and Tyler Ulis, regardless of whether or not he starts over Jerian Grant.

3. Watch out for Devin Booker

We'll try to get an opponent in here once for every tune-in, and Devin Booker certainly fits the bill. Much like Dunn is doing, Booker is on quite a roll these days. Over his last four games Booker is averaging 30.5 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The Bulls will need to keep their eyes on Booker at all times, especially after allowing Kemba Walker to go off for 47 points on Friday.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson react to a breakout game from Kris Dunn against the Hornets Friday night. They’ll discuss his development and how it impacts rookie Lauri Markkanen. Plus just how long will both the Wolves and Bulls be judged on the Jimmy Butler trade? Is Dwight Howard a hall of famer? And a new era in Philly with Simmons and Embiid. That and more on this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast.