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Derrick Rose didn’t think the hamstring injury he suffered late in Monday’s victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers was very serious, and on Tuesday his feelings were confirmed.
A source said Rose received treatment on the tweaked right hamstring and could be back up and running when the Bulls resume practice Wednesday afternoon at the Berto Center.
So a city and franchise can breathe again.
The Bulls officially listed Rose as day-to-day, but as long as there are no setbacks in the next few days, he likely will be ready to play Friday at Toronto.
Meanwhile, the questions and concerns about his game are also day-to-day.
Before getting the hook with 3:15 left against the Cavs after the staff noticed him favoring his right leg, Rose had put together arguably his best regular-season game this year: 16 points, three rebounds, a season-high seven assists and, maybe most important, no turnovers for the first time this season.
Glass half-empty: Rose shot just 8-for-21 (38 percent) and is shooting only 33 percent through the first six games.
But Rose is a glass-half-full type of guy, and it’s not the misses that matter as much as where they’re happening — at the rim, which is a good thing. If Rose, after missing 18 months while rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee, were having trouble getting to the rim or had lost a step, that would be troubling, and the Bulls would be asking if he would ever be the same. But he has showed he can get to the rim with his pre-injury speed and explosiveness and maybe then some.
This is all about timing and getting the rust off.
‘‘Just getting in a rhythm, man,’’ Rose said. ‘‘If you look at my process and what I went through, I normally don’t play pickup in the summer, and then you throw an injury on top of that, and I haven’t played basketball in so long.
‘‘So having the ball in my hand and going into a move or going into a shot, it’s just feeling a little bit weird right now, unless it’s a set shot. I’m used to them because I was shooting set shots the entire time [through rehab]. Just getting that rhythm, getting that groove, and then, like I’ve said, it’s going to be scary.’’
It seemed to be moving in that direction in the fourth quarter Monday. Rose was 3-for-7 before the hamstring started barking, and his sharp decision-making helped the Bulls start to pull away.
Another reminder that as Rose goes this season, so go the Bulls.
‘‘I think he was actually one of the bright spots [Monday],’’ center Joakim Noah said. ‘‘Just very aggressive going to the rim, and I think that’s big for us. It’s going to open up offensive rebounds, it’s going to get guys open shots on the perimeter.
‘‘It’s a long journey, so it is what it is. Hopefully he’s all right.’’