Rose predicts Bulls will make the playoffs

Derrick Rose is excited about the potential to play LeBron James in the postseason. Allen Einstein/Getty Images

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose said Tuesday that his team is going to make the playoffs.

He has seen the standings. He knows his team comes into Tuesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns a game behind the Toronto Raptors for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but he doesn't care. He has confidence that his team will prevail over the final nine games of the season. He says he hasn't even considered the possibility of coming up short.

"We're still going to make it," he told ESPN Chicago after Tuesday morning's shootaround. "You can't think about stuff like [not making the playoffs].

"In my mind, we'll be making the eighth spot. We'll be playing LeBron [James] -- playing Cleveland. The closer we get, the [more] I'm going to think that. We can't walk around acting like we're not going to make it, because that's when things turn on you. Our biggest goal is to make the playoffs, and we're going to make it."

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