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Ankle better, Derrick Rose is likely to play against Heat

Updated: May 13, 2012 10:32AM

Derrick Rose is expected to play when the Heat visits the Bulls on Thursday night at the United Center. After Rose participated in a non-contact practice with his teammates at the Berto Center on Wednesday, coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose’s injured ankle is no longer swollen.

“To me, at this time of the year, you’ve got to be smart about all that stuff,” Thibodeau said. “He probably could’ve played [Tuesday] night. He wanted to play. We just thought the smart thing was to not have him play. Don’t take any chances. He has made great progress with all this stuff. He’s feeling good. It was a freaky thing that happen to him. He’s fine now.”

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