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Derrick Rose returning Monday?

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has missed five games due to a strained lower back, but he may be returning to action Monday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Now sitting just behind the Miami Heat in second place in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls take on the Atlanta Hawks Monday. The Sun-Times reports that Rose's practice with the team Sunday was the "kind of physical workout coach Tom Thibodeau wants to see if he can endure before letting him return." If Rose feels OK Monday morning, the paper notes, he'll be playing against the Hawks.

"He defended pick-and-rolls, he went one-on-one, he defended the post, played in the post, defended catch-and-shoot," Thibodeau said, the Sun-Times reports. "He did a lot. We'll see how he is [Monday]. It was the next step for us."

Rose is averaging 22 points and 7.8 assists per game.

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