Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose will play against the Raptors in Toronto

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Rose will surely benefit from four days off.

Dynamic Chicago Bull Derrick Rose did not undergo an MRI and is listed as day-to-day with a strained hamstring.

Rose suffered the injury Monday versus the Cavs and expects to compete Friday against the Raptors in Toronto.

“It’s just a minor strain, nothing serious,” said Rose, 24, who endured a torn ACL in his left knee in April 2012. “I should be ready [for Friday's game]. I’m still able to walk around, move around the way I want to. It’s just a little sore.”

The first overall pick in 2008 is only averaging 14.7 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds over six games.

Shooting a hideous 33% from the field, Rose clearly remains rusty after an 18-month absence from the hardwood.

Nevertheless, Rose looks fast, quick and explosive and will soon readapt.

As a unit, the Bulls (3-3) are destined to eventually dominate with Rose, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah.

Even without the youngest man to ever earn the MVP award, the fifth-seeded Bulls nearly forced the Miami Heat to fly back to Chicago for a Game 6 last May.

Apparently working with an increased vertical jump, a blooming Rose can help Chicago wilt the Heat in the spring.

Regardless of what ultimately occurs in the playoffs, Derrick Rose is “just a little sore” and the Bulls should trample the Raptors within 72 hours.

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