Rose will likely be listed as a game time decision. He practiced the past two days, and Tom Thibodeau said that he'd see how Derrick Felt today, but one quote summed it up for me. "I felt good, but me playing (Thursday) I don't know. I'm able to run a little bit more, but not at my top speed."
Nick Friedell with the quote and full breakdown here with quotes from Gar, Thibs, Rose, and Rip on the various injuries.
If we're going to be honest with ourselves and say getting Rose healthy is the most important thing then I don't see how we put him on the court when he says he can't run at full speed. It invites disaster.
At some point in the game he'll need to run at full speed to make a play. Instinct will take over. He'll go full bore. Will his still recovering groin hold up? If not, we're now looking at missing the playoffs.
This game against Boston is important. The Bulls cling to a one game lead in the loss column against Miami, and will increase their odds of a finals appearance if they can capture the first seed. However, while getting the one seed might increase their odds by 5-10% of winning a title, losing Derrick Rose decreases them by virtually 100%.
Can Chicago beat Boston without Rose? I'm not sure, but I don't think the odds are good. Especially since C.J. Watson is fighting through significant injuries according to KC Johnson which partially explains his poor play of late.
However, as much as I want the Bulls to beat Boston and as much as I feel that they might fall to Boston without Rose, you can't say "We need to get Rose healthy as our top priority" and then play him when he admits he can't run at full speed. You just can't.
Now I have no inside information on the Bulls plans to play or not play Derrick, but I have to think their mindset is the correct one, that they learned from the Hamilton injury earlier and know there isn't time to deal with a relapse.
The good news is that Rose is clearly getting close, and as long as the Bulls don't do anything stupid with his health, we can set aside our fears that he may not come back this season or miss part of the playoffs. The (realistic) worst case scenario for Chicago right now is that they fall to the two seed in the East as their magic number to clinch the two seed sits at three. That's not enough downside to rush anyone back.