Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is expected to play Wednesday when the Bulls visit the Orlando Magic at Amway Center, said coach Tom Thibodeau at that morning's shootaround. That news comes from ESPN scribe Nick Friedell, who says Thibodeau will likely play Rose for 20 minutes.
Since winning the league's Most Valuable Player Award in 2011, injuries have beset Rose's promising career. Most recently, he sustained a torn meniscus in his right knee, a setback which caused him to miss six weeks.
In 46 appearances in the 2014/15 season, Rose has averaged 18.4 points and five assists per game, shooting 40.7 percent from the floor. His career averages against Orlando stand at 17.1 points and 5.3 assists on 41.9 percent shooting, including two outings of 30-plus points and three with 10-plus assists.
Elfrid Payton, the Magic's promising rookie point guard, will likely spend some time checking Rose on Wednesday.
Tipoff between Orlando and Chicago is set for 7:00 PM Eastern.