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Derrick Rose might return Thursday vs. Celtics

Derrick Rose worked out for an hour Tuesday BerCenter he hasn’t been ruled out game Thursday against Celtics. | Getty

Derrick Rose worked out for an hour Tuesday at the Berto Center, and he hasn’t been ruled out of the game Thursday against the Celtics. | Getty Images

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Updated: May 5, 2012 8:20AM

After losing back-to-back games for the first time in over a year, the Bulls needed some good news, and they got it when Derrick Rose worked out for an hour Tuesday at the Berto Center. The news got even better when general manager Gar Forman said Rose’s availability for the game Thursday against the Celtics at the United Center has “not been taken out of play.”

“Today was really his first day on the floor going full speed as far as a basketball workout — running, sliding, shooting,” Forman said during the Bulls’ charity dinner and auction at the United Center. “He was in a full lather for probably close to an hour. That was encouraging. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. Today was the first step. Hopefully, we’ll have a resolution real soon.’’

Rose was the only player who didn’t attend the charity function. A team spokesperson said his absence was the result of a “personal matter.”

Forman said Rose’s participation in Wednesday’s full-squad workout would be determined by how he feels Wednesday morning. He also said Rip Hamilton felt fine after making his return in Monday night’s loss to the Rockets after missing 14 games with a right shoulder sprain.

The Bulls should have time to get both players in shape and back in rhythm before the playoffs begin.

“Our hope is sometime in the next week or so we can have our whole team back and healthy and then get some games under their belts as far as developing a rhythm with each other and then head for the playoffs as a healthy team,” Forman said. “That’s going to be a key for a lot of teams going into the postseason, getting your team healthy, in rhythm and ready to go.”

Rose has missed 11 consecutive games with a groin injury. Hamilton has missed 37 games overall and admitted he suffered what felt like a stinger in his sprained shoulder when a pump fake caused him to collide with Houston’s Courtney Lee early in Monday night’s game.

“That was one thing I was trying to stay away from — pump-faking and jumping into them,” Hamilton said. “With my luck, it happened on the first play of the game.”

Hamilton admitted his shoulder was “fatigued” after the game but showed no ill effects Tuesday.

“Rip is feeling good today,” Luol Deng said. “It was good to see him back. Derrick will be back soon. I don’t know exactly when. It will be good to get everyone back. Like I said, it’s a lot easier for everyone when everybody is healthy and we have our full squad. Everyone can do their job to the fullest and not try to get outside the box, trying to do something they’re not used to doing.”

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