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Rose Confirms He'll Play In Game 5

Derrick Rose sat out practice Monday to rest his sprained left ankle, but he has no intention of missing Game 5 Tuesday, when the Bulls, who lead the Indiana Pacers 3-1, try to finish off this first-round playoff series.

"It's not broke, so I'm definitely going to be playing,'' Rose said, adding that he'll receive a pain-killer shot before the game. "I'm getting one for sure."

Rose said he has taken shots twice before in his three-year Bulls career: "My rookie year, my wrist was messed up and I got a shot. And last year, I had to get a shot in my back."

Did it affect his performance? "No."

Rose said he is encouraged in the progress he's seen in the ankle, which he sprained late in the first quarter of Game 4 on Saturday.

Via Herb Gould/Chicago Sun-Times

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