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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Rose's ankle 'feeling good'

By Nick Friedell

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose went through all of Saturday morning's practice and says his sprained right ankle is feeling better.

Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose had a night to forget against the Heat on Thursday.

"I'm feeling good," Rose said. "I'm feeling about the same, where it's getting better every day, improving. Just trying to work on my health, stay positive like I always say and keep my spirits up."

Rose has missed 23 games this season because of various injuries, including Tuesday's game against the New York Knicks because of the ankle injury. He returned on Thursday against the Miami Heat and struggled -- going 1-for-13 from the field, scoring a career low two points and getting benched at the end of the game for backup C.J. Watson. After Saturday's practice, he wore a large pack of ice on the ankle as he watched tape with Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Rose admitted that the ankle impacted his play on Thursday.

"When your ankle's hurting you can't move," Rose said. "You know how a sore ankle is where the bone is tender, you can't get around like that ... it was just one of them games."

For his part, Thibodeau sounded upbeat about Rose's progression. The reigning MVP spent extra time at the Berto Center Friday afternoon trying to shake some of the rust off.

"[He's doing] great," Thibodeau said. "He came in [Friday], got a lot of work in, he's feeling really good."

Rose is trying to shake off the poor performance he had against the Heat.

"Amnesia," Rose said. "I forgot about that game and it's onto the next one."

As Rose watched tape of Thursday's game with Thibodeau, the 23-year-old point guard said he took one major message out of the impromptu session.

"We have a good team," Rose said. "Only thing I can take from it where of course I didn't play up to the ability I can play at and we still found a way to win the game. We got a deep team."