X-rays negative on Derrick Rose

Updated: May 4, 2011, 10:53 AM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- X-rays were negative on the sprained left ankle of Derrick Rose, and the Chicago Bulls star participated fully in practice on Tuesday.

"It's fine. Actually the medicine they gave me yesterday on it was great," Rose said after receiving the NBA's MVP Award on Tuesday afternoon. "I woke up this morning feeling great. Practice, worked out afterwards so I'm great."

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Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was encouraged by what he saw during practice.

"He did everything. He's fine. He's good," Thibodeau said of Rose, who wore an ankle brace during practice. "He came in today, he didn't have any swelling, and he said he was fine. He went through everything so that's encouraging."

Rose turned his left ankle just as the Atlanta Hawks captured a 103-95 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday.

As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Rose moved close to Hawks guard Jamal Crawford and his left foot landed on Crawford's foot. Rose hobbled away.

"Don't know [what happened], just came over, tried to steal the ball," Rose said Monday. "Twisted it somehow."

It's the same ankle Rose sprained in Game 4 of the quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers on April 23. He returned in that game and played in Game 5, but he didn't seem to have his same explosiveness.

He played just less than 41 minutes and scored 24 points against the Hawks.

ESPNChicago.com's Roman Modrowski contributed to this report.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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