Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Chicago Bulls [Print without images]

Monday, November 18, 2013
Hamstring OK, Rose expected to play

By Nick Friedell

CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose went through all of morning shootaround and is expected to play Monday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, according to Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

Derrick Rose, George Hill
Six of Derrick Rose's seven field goals were three-pointers on Saturday.
Rose had his best game of the season against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, scoring 20 points, including six three-pointers, and shooting 43.8 percent from the floor (7 of 16) for his highest percentage of the season.

The Bulls hope the right hamstring injury that kept him out most of last week and forced him to miss Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors is behind him.

"He feels pretty good and we'll see where he is [Monday night]," Thibodeau said.

Rose is confident that his best days are ahead.

"I didn't feel it while I was out there," he said of the hamstring injury. "Just taking my time and really being patient and it allowed me to play great."

Throughout the first few weeks of the season, Rose never doubted his game would turn around.

"Just work," Rose said. "I'm not going to stop working. I'm going to keep shooting the ball. My confidence is just going to keep growing, and I'm going to have games like that where I'm going to shoot great. I'm going to have games where I'm going to miss the majority of my shots, but that's not going to stop me from taking the shots that I normally take."

Rose had a lot of success playing off the ball alongside veteran Kirk Hinrich against the Pacers. He looked more comfortable on the floor, as did the Bulls, who have won four games in a row.

"It feels good," Rose said. "We always were saying to ourselves that we couldn't play no worse than how we played the first few games of the season and when we looked at it, it was actually true. We didn't have a chemistry. When we were down we would try to do things individually where it would take away from the game, and now we're playing with a little bit of poise and more patience."