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Rose a game-time decision for Celtics game

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Rose a game-time decision for Celtics game

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose continues to make progress in his recovery from a strained right groin and is a game-time decision for Thursday night's game against the Celtics.

"I'm feeling better, able to move a little bit more," said Rose, who displayed his familiar competitive spirit while launching jumpers at the end of Thursday morning's shootaround at the Berto Center. "If I feel it when I'm out there, I'm definitely going to play, but if not, be smart."

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau concurred: "We'll see how he warms up tonight. He's making good progress. It's still a game-time decision."

Rose admitted to feeling some "discomfort" after recent practices and acknowledged that he still isn't able to run at "top speed," but chalked that up to his increased activity level.

"That comes with just coming back. Getting my conditioning, running a little bit more and just getting back active," he explained. "Every day when it's improving, the less I think about it.

"Did the whole shootaround, so I'm fine."

Rose said he "should be" in the Bulls lineup from whenever he returns-which, if it doesn't occur Thursday, could be as soon as Sunday's afternoon matinee at New York, the first in a home-and-home series with the Knicks-through the postseason.

"If not now, for sure next game," he said. "Taking all this rest, all the other injuries that I have-my body was nicked off early in the year-they're gone. Only thing that I'm worried about is my groin."

"I'm not going to hold back at all. You know the way that I play. I'm not holding back. My game is to be aggressive and try to get people going."

In other news Bulls news, the team announced Thursday that they signed veteran point guard Mike James for the remainder of the season, increasing their depth at the position with Rose still on the mend and fill-in starter C.J. Watson banged up.

"It says a lot about him," Thibodeau said of James, who is in his fourth stint with the Bulls this season. "Great veteran, stays ready, so we're glad to have him back."

Under Center Podcast: Previewing Bears-Redskins with JP Finlay

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Under Center Podcast: Previewing Bears-Redskins with JP Finlay

JJ Stankevitz chats with NBC Sports Washington Redskins Insider JP Finlay to preview Monday night's game, which just might be a must-win for Washington (1:20).

Also, is the Redskins' defense actually as bad as it's looked in the first two games of 2019? (2:30) Will Josh Norman shadow Allen Robinson and try to shut him down? (6:15)

On the offensive side of the ball, JP explains what's made Case Keenum so good this year (9:45) and if rookie wideout Terry McLaurin's explosive start to the season is sustainable (11:55). Plus, JP gets into the impact of left tackle Trent Williams' holdout (13:30) and how it's effected running back Adrian Peterson (15:05).

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Daniel Palka finally has a good game in the middle of his nightmare season

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Daniel Palka finally has a good game in the middle of his nightmare season

In the second inning Daniel Palka solidly lined a ball up the middle that looked like a sure hit off the bat. The problem? The Tigers defense was shifted perfectly to that spot for a lineout.

MLB Statcast gave Palka’s lineout an expected batting average of .650. It seemed like just another night like the rest of them have gone for Palka in the majors in 2019.

He entered Friday with a .034 batting average (2-for-59). After hitting 27 home runs with 45 extra base hits and a .778 OPS as a rookie in 2018, Palka hasn’t been able to do much of anything in a White Sox uniform.

That lineout appeared to be another “nothing can go right” moment. However, Palka’s Friday turned around.

His next time up, he pounded a ground ball that found a hole. Statcast gave that one a 31 percent chance of getting a hit, so he broke even after getting robbed earlier. The amusing thing is that Palka’s groundball single had an exit velocity of 108.9 mph, which was the second hardest hit ball of the game.

Palka later added a bloop single in the seventh and a line drive hit in the ninth to finish with a three hit day. Palka entered the day with two hits in 23 games and got three hits in Friday alone.

Even with the 3-for-5 night, Palka’s batting average is still only .072, but he more than doubled it in one game.

Is this relevant to the future of the White Sox? Almost certainly not, but Palka showed some promise in his rookie season and has been through an absolute nightmare this season. The mental side of going through his 0-for-32 start to the season and the continued struggles since could not have been easy. For at least one night in 2019 Palka had a good game at the plate.

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