CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 03: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot on his way to a game-high 30 points against Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on January 3, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hawks 76-74. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Rose is still a game time decision for tomorrow. Thibs said he took more contact in practice today.— Nick Friedell (@ESPNChiBulls) February 19, 2012
Rose took part in a physical practice Sunday and if he shows no ill effects on Monday may be cleared to return to the Bulls lineup.
"He defended pick and rolls, he went one-on-one, he defended the post, played in the post, defended catch-and-shoot," Thibodeau said. "He did a lot today. We'll see how he is tomorrow. It was the next step for us."
Obviously Atlanta's chances likely improve if Rose is unable to play. Even if he does return he could be in position to have his minutes scaled back. Whether Rose plays or not, the Hawks need Jeff Teague to have a positive impact on the game and to find some consistency.