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

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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