Bulls PG Rose says he'll play vs. Knicks

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says he plans to return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the New York Knicks.

Rose sat out a 12th consecutive game against the Boston Celtics Thursday when he admitted to feeling slight discomfort and an inability to run at full speed due to his groin injury.

The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player said he is "dying to play" but conceded he is a bit concerned about aggravating the injury.

"I'm not going to hold back at all," Rose said. "My game is to be aggressive and try to get people going."

Chicago beat the Celtics to improve to 8-4 (6-5-1 ATS) during Rose's absence. The team is 15-7 without him in the lineup this season.

Rose is averaging 22.8 points and 8.0 assists for the Bulls, who own the league's best record at 43-13.

The Bulls opened as 2.5-point road favorites with the total at 184.5.

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