Tom Thibodeau noted in his update on Rose that Derrick is "day to day" which certainly doesn't seem like a guy who's sitting out the rest of the season. I'm not sure if the Bulls and Rose have a point of no return set on Rose, but I'd hazard a guess that he likely has to play regular season ball before playoff basketball.
That said, Rose still has another five weeks to do so and given that he's running through five on five drills every practice and doing what everyone else is doing, it seems likely that's plenty of time for him to make his return. It truly may not be much longer now even if it's already been longer than I expected.
Carlos Boozer didn't travel with the team to San Antonio but will join them tonight after staying behind a day to deal with a personal matter. Hinrich, Hamilton, and Gibson are all doubtful or out for the game, so the Bulls will go at it again with a limited roster, but at least they'll have a couple of days of rest.
Marco Belinelli is getting reps at PG to initiate the offense which shows you how much confidence Tom Thibodeau has in Marquis Teague. Quite frankly, I can't blame Thibodeau much there. Teague's a bundle of potential that needs a whole bunch of refinement. My hope for him is a very strong off-season work ethic, because he's awfully far away right now. He also has terrible mechanics on his jumper which doesn't bode well for him ever having much of an outside shot.
A look ahead
The next 10 games will be tough for Chicago with Sacramento being the only real cellar team in that group. If they can't get healthy soon, it won't make things any easier either. After that, they finish up the season with a fairly soft schedule. I'd guess the Bulls probably finish out the year with around 46-47 playing more or less .500 ball the rest of the way.
That seems like a record that will land them in 6th with a matchup against the Pacers or Knicks in round one. If Derrick is back, I like the Bulls odds of pulling an "upset", if not it's going to be a short playoff run.