MIAMI -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose scored 17 points and contributed three assists in Tuesday's 129-111 loss to the Miami Heat. It was Rose's first outing in almost a week, after he missed the past three games because of right hamstring tendinitis.
While Rose was upset with the way his team played against the Heat, who shot a franchise-record 67.5 percent from the field, he seemed pleased with his individual performance.
"I'm good," Rose said. "Missed a couple bunnies. Love the way that I drove the ball. Wind has to catch up a little bit more, but I like how I played."
As was the case before the injury cropped up, Rose was active going to the rim and creating some shots for himself. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said he liked the way Rose played but expressed disgust with his team's defensive effort.
"I liked Derrick's push initially when he got out there," Hoiberg said. "He was getting it down the floor. ... We scored 111. You should win a game when you score 111 points. It's a collective effort defensively tonight, and it's got to change."
The Bulls are already playing without three key players: Jimmy Butler, who has a left knee sprain; Nikola Mirotic, recovering from a hematoma removal; and Joakim Noah, who is out for the season after shoulder surgery. To make matters worse for Chicago, power forward Taj Gibson injured his right hamstring midway through the third quarter. His status for Wednesday night's game against the Orlando Magic is unclear.
"He's got a little hamstring issue," Hoiberg said. "And when he pushed off to go up on his dunk he felt a little tweak back there. So he'll get treatment overnight, and then we'll have a better idea [Wednesday]."