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This is a bit of surprise considering that head coach Fred Hoiberg sounded less than optimistic when asked yesterday about Rose's status.

Rose has missed 10 the Bulls' 58 games this season, but following his three major knee surgeries, that should be considered a coup considering the amount of time he missed in recent seasons.

Rose practiced on Monday and said following shootaround Tuesday morning, "I think it's a go" in Miami. Rose told K.C. Johnson the following.

It's been a wait-and-see approach with Derrick Rose since he was a late scratch for the Chicago Bulls in last Wednesday's win over the Washington Wizards.

Bulls fans are frustrated at times with Rose, who tends to sit out games because of general soreness and many people have called him weak. A healthy Rose is vital for the Bulls to remain in contention for a playoff spot with 24 games left in the season. He's favoring the other leg. The last thing you want is for Derrick to be out there thinking about the leg and injury and if he can push off or not.

After a slow start to the season, Rose has rounded his game into form, averaging 21.9 points, six assists and 5.6 rebounds during February. Rose isn't apologizing for his decision and believes after all the injuries he has dealt with over the last four years he has to keep a keen eye toward his long-term playing future. The Bulls are in a four-way tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference entering Tuesday's game and have a back-to-back set with Miami and then the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.