Derrick Rose Back in the Lineup for Chicago: Sprained Toe No Foe Against Celtics

Gideon ResnickContributor IIIJanuary 13, 2012

Derrick Rose, one of the toughest players in the league, will likely be back in the Bulls' lineup tonight.
Derrick Rose, one of the toughest players in the league, will likely be back in the Bulls' lineup tonight.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Derrick Rose injured his toe in the Chicago Bulls' Tuesday night win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Despite the fact that he was in a walking boot today, D-Rose is likely to play tonight against the spotty Boston Celtics.

Following up an MVP season, Rose is absolutely dominating for the team that many think is second-best in the East. Averaging 20.7 points and 8.6 assists per game, the humble kid from Chicago is putting on clinics against other teams. He has only missed seven games in his entire career in the NBA, spanning over three years, which means D-Rose has played 97 percent of the Bulls game in that time frame. 

Although he is a game-time decision at this point, Rose is allegedly doing a lot better today, according to coach Tom Thibodeau. In the unlikely event that he doesn't play, at least the Bulls know that backup point guard John Lucas III is a fantastic option. He scored 25 in the Bulls' win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Granted, Rajon Rondo could provide a tougher defensive challenge than John Wall

In addition to Rose, C.J. Watson (elbow) and Richard Hamilton (groin) are not likely to play tonight but are also game-time decisions. 

Derrick Rose is the kind of player who responds well to treatment and is seemingly never tired. His determination often overrides any body aches and pains that he may have.

The Celtics will not provide a very difficult challenge for the Bulls to manage, but losing Rose would drastically hinder their chances of snatching this important win in the Eastern Conference.

And with the Miami Heat faltering in their Western excursion this past week, Chicago has a chance to pounce on another important win, driving the differential between the two Eastern powerhouses even higher.