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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.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

We all know what Zach LaVine is capable of doing on the offensive side of things. But what about his defense?

It's no secret that LaVine has had his fair share of struggles on defense, but Kris Dunn thinks highly of his 23-year-old teammate and what his potential is at the other end.

"On the defensive end I just told him, 'You're as fast as me. You're more athletic than me. There's no way you shouldn't be a good defender in this league. You could be one of those guys who could be dynamic in the passing lanes because you're so athletic and fast.'" Dunn said of LaVine. "And personally, I like to score. If you get in a passing lane, that's a dunk for yourself and because you've got so much bounce that's when you get the crowd on their feet — maybe do a windmill, a 360, something.

"But I think he's been going a good job on the defensive end. It's not going to be easy. We all got to learn and I think we're all trying."

Improving his defense would obviously be a big step forward for LaVine (and the Bulls), and he knows it. 

“I think I had a lot better focus on the defensive end,” LaVine said when assessing his preseason. “I had some mistakes too, but I wanted to go out there and just really hone in on being more focused down there. I felt like I did OK with that. Still some areas I want to get better at, definitely off-the-ball I think I did a lot better than I had before.’’

LaVine and the Bulls travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Thursday night in their season opener. You can watch Bulls Pre- and Postgame Live on NBC Sports Chicago before and after the game for highlights and analysis.