Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose was still in a walking boot at one point Friday but told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that he would be playing in that night's game against the Boston Celtics as he recovers from a sprained toe.
Rose has been battling turf toe but did take part in a portion of the Bulls' shootaround on Friday morning. The team's official stance was that he'd be a game-time decision.
"He'll warm up tonight and see if he can go," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday morning. "He's feeling a lot better today."
Rose injured his toe in Tuesday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. John Lucas III started in Rose's place in a victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday and had 25 points in 48 minutes of play.
"Most guys in the league are hurting in some way, Thibodeau said. "But we're not going to risk further injury to him. If he's at risk we certainly wouldn't play him. But Derrick has always responded well to treatment. He was feeling better [Thursday], and he's feeling a lot better today."
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