NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says he's "feeling pretty good" and expects to play Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets. Rose, who has been dealing with various injuries throughout the season, most recently left hamstring tightness, scored 21 points in Friday's win over the Boston Celtics.
"I'm feeling pretty good, actually," Rose said before Saturday's practice. "Really doing all the recovery stuff that I need to really take care of my body. Hydrate, a lot of treatment, it's been helping me, so today I'm feeling all right."
The former MVP looked much more comfortable on the floor in Friday's win after being taken out of Tuesday's loss to the Denver Nuggets after just 10 minutes and not playing in the second half because he did not feel comfortable on the floor.
"The hamstring's good to go," Rose said. "I'm getting a lot of treatment on it. I really don't feel it right now, and hopefully I don't feel it [Sunday]."
As for the finger he jammed on his left hand during the third quarter of Friday's game, Rose said it was a little "sore," but he doesn't expect it to limit him.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau remains hopeful that Rose, and center Joakim Noah, will be able to stay on the floor together for a while. Noah is still working his way back from offseason knee surgery.
"We just take it day by day," Thibodeau said. "Keep trying to build, and we'll see where they are."
Power forward Taj Gibson continues doing rehab work on his injured left ankle, but Thibodeau remains unsure of when Gibson will be able to play in a game again.