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Derrick Rose Hoping to Return Tuesday vs. Trail Blazers

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, but Rose is hoping to return to the floor when the Bulls take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Rose suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ 96-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday. It came after the point guard put forth one of his best performances of the season with 23 points and six assists in 33 minutes. Chicago nearly blew a seven-point fourth-quarter lead after Rose left the game.

The Bulls split the last two games without Rose on the road, with Kirk Hinrich filling in admirably against the Phoenix Suns (win) and Golden State Warriors (loss). Hinrich averaged 15.5 points and 3.5 assists in the two games while shooting a scorching hot 66.7 percent overall and 83.3 percent from three.

While Hinrich has played well, Chicago needs Rose back healthy and playing at a high level to reach its potential. The 27-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance, but he’s averaging just 13.6 points and 6.0 assists while shooting 37.7 percent overall and 15.0 percent from long range. The Pacers game was a step in the right direction, but then the injury halted any progress. The Bulls are hoping he can pick up right where he left off.

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