Updated: March 13, 2012 4:41PM
Derrick Rose was one of three players who did not participate in Tuesday’s practice at the Berto Center, although the MVP point guard is expected to play when the Miami Heat visit the United Center on Wednesday night, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.
Rose is not hampered by the back-or-toe injuries that limited him earlier this season but was given a day off because of general soreness. Rose went to the rim early and often in Monday night’s 104-99 win over the Knicks at the UC and went crashing to the floor on at least two occasions before finishing with 32 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
“Hopefully the rest will do him good,” Thibodeau said.
This will be the Bulls second meeting with the Heat this season. The Heat defeated the Bulls 97-93 in Miami on Jan. 29.
Luol Deng (wrist) did practice. Whether he plays against the Heat will depend on how he feels at Wednesday’s shootaround and perhaps even during pregame warmups.
“It depends on how he feels after practicing today but he went through everything in practice and felt pretty good,” Thibodeau said of Deng.
C.J. Watson (ankle) and Rip Hamilton (shoulder) did not practice, although Watson ran and shot and could play against Miami.
“He’s doing a little bit more,” Thibodeau said of Watson. “He’s not quite there but we’ll see tomorrow after the shootaround.”