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Injured Bulls guard Derrick Rose puts in work after practice

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose works out before an NBA basketball game between Bulls IndianPacers Tuesday Dec. 4 2012 Chicago.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose works out before an NBA basketball game between the Bulls and the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Chicago. Rose is recovering from torn ligaments in his left knee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Updated: January 12, 2013 6:20AM



When Derrick Rose will return is still uncertain, but he looked well on his way to recovery after Monday’s practice when he did individual shooting drills with assistant coach Ron Adams.

Rose initially shot with a medicine ball as he does in preparation for games, then he worked some stationary shooting and even took some turnaround jump shots. He looked to have good stability on the injured right knee and was able to turn on both legs.

“I’m just glad he’s doing good,” Kirk Hinrich said. “It seems like his spirits are up. No one wants to push him or anything,art but I’m excited he’s feeling better.”

Finding his stroke

Getting starter’s minutes has helped to jump-start the slow-starting Marco Belinelli.

Belinelli is playing for injured guard Rip Hamilton. Over the last three games, Belinelli is averaging 20.3 points. He has played at least 40 minutes in each of those games.

“He’s been a very good starter, he’s been very good off the bench and he’s experienced,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I think he’s gotten more comfortable; he’s getting extended minutes and he’s playing very well.”

Setting priorities

Tuesday’s game against the visiting Clippers begins a stretch of four games in five nights. The Bulls went 3-1 in the just-completed four-game, five-day stretch.

That doesn’t allow for much practice time, which has forced Thibodeau to prioritize.

“We worked on a lot of things,” Thibodeau said. “The tough thing about four games in five days is that you don’t have practice time. You have to be well-balanced. If you’re not sound on offense, you’re putting them in the open floor.”



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