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Derrick Rose out Saturday

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said his sore groin is feeling better, but he is unsure when he will be able to return to the floor. Rose, who suffered the injury on March 12 against the New York Knicks, revealed it was a little worse than originally thought.


"(I'm feeling) way better," Rose said before sitting out Saturday night's game against the Toronto Raptors. "(When the injury occurred) I was actually bleeding, my groin was bleeding, but now it's healed. It's just scar tissue and it's pretty hard trying to get that to move around, it's going to take little time."

Rose said he has not been given an exact timetable as to his return date.

"Not yet," he said. "These things, (the medical staff) was telling me there was no time period. People have healed in a couple of days, in my case it's taking a little bit of time."

Rose hasn't done much running on the court, just in a swimming pool.

"I'm feeling better where I'm able to move a little bit more," he said. "I was out there shooting, kind of hard to move around, but (I was taking) set shots, I know that I can shoot them."

Saturday's contest is the sixth game in a row Rose has missed. He already has missed 15 games this season with various injuries. The Bulls are 11-4 without their superstar this season

"It's hard, it's definitely hard, but at the same time I'm happy that they're playing great," Rose said. "We're winning games. Of course I want to be out there, I hate being injured, but right now we're in a good groove."

On a brighter note for the Bulls, injured shooting guard Rip Hamilton went through all the non-contact portions of shootaround and is slowly making his way back from a shoulder injury. He hasn't played since the March 5 game against the Indiana Pacers.

"He still hasn't done the contact," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "But he's moving fine and he's not having any problems right now."

Hamilton did not play against Toronto.