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D-Rose groin injury update: Derrick Rose week-to-week, not day-to-day

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via www.chicagotribune.com

[UPDATE by your friendly BullsBlogger, 12:35 PM CDT: Practice update from KC: "Rose ran in a pool and did individual shooting. Rip did full, non-contact practice. Both day-to-day but doubt they play Saturday." ]

On March 21, I wrote a post of Thibsspeak with Tom Thibodeau discussing the concept of over-resting, quoting a K.C. Johnson article. Some time between my post and now, that article was revised (h/t: EOB), adding that Derrick Rose's groin injury could keep him off the court for longer than "gametime decision" quotes from Tom Thibodeau have led us to believe:

Thibodeau continued his cat-and-mouse game of calling Rose a game-time decision with his groin injury, even though Rose hasn't begun running and is shuffling along rather than walking purposefully. There is no definitive timetable for either player's return, although Rose is more week-to-week than day-to-day.

So, we can likely expect Mike James to be on the roster longer and John Lucas III to get a lot of minutes off the bench, with C.J. Watson in the starting lineup, for at least another week. But if Rose is still unable to walk somewhat normally, let alone participate in practice, running the floor at game speed could definitely take longer.

Richard Hamilton "said Monday that he only recently became able to lift his right arm above his sprained shoulder," Johnson added.

Rose has missed 15 games this season. Hamilton has missed 33. The Bulls are 39-10, leading the Eastern Conference by three games over the 34-11 Heat, with 17 games remaining in the lockout-shortened 66-game season.