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Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau on Derrick Rose return: ‘When he’s ready to go, he goes’

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Updated: April 2, 2013 11:31PM



WASHINGTON – Derrick Rose went through his usual shootaround routine on Tuesday afternoon, but coach Tom Thibodeau again said that nothing had changed on the Rose front as far as a possible return this season.

What has changed is the growing outside opinion on whether or not Rose should even play this season, as well as questions about his ability to get over the mental hurdle the torn left anterior cruciate ligament has caused.

Then again, Thibodeau was never very big on outside opinion, and his point guard seems to have that same trait.

“I get concerned about you guys [the media],’’ Thibodeau said sarcastically. “Derrick, I’m not concerned with. He’s approached this great. He’s not going to be swayed by anything other than being ready, and that’s the most important part. We all have to trust him, everyone has to be patient, let him work through it, he’s done a great job with this, and when he’s ready to go he goes.’’

The rest of the injured

Marco Belinelli (strained abdomen) and Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis right foot) were expected to be back over the weekend in Dallas, but were still on the shelf against the Wizards, as it now seems that the Bulls will be looking to take their time bringing both of them back.

The hope now? Just make sure they can get in a few games before the regular season comes to an end and the playoffs begin.

“I feel better,’’ Belinelli (strained abdomen) said. “[Monday] morning I tried to run, it hurt a little bit. I’m not 100 percent, I’m still feeling a little bit of pain, but at least it’s better than last week. I’m getting better.’’

Belinelli has now missed five games with the injury, while Noah has missed the last six.

Playoff ready?

The Bulls announced that tickets for the 2013 NBA Playoffs Rounds 1 and 2 will go on sale on Friday, Apr. 5, at 11 a.m. at Bulls.com, 1-800-4NBA-TIX, the United Center and Ticketmaster. A total of eight possible home games will go on sale, four in Round 1 and four in the Round 2.

All game dates, times and opponents will be released by the NBA through the media after the regular season has ended. If the Bulls advance beyond Rounds 1 and 2 to the Eastern Conference Finals, the date of sale for those games will be announced at that time.



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