Provided everything stays as is, point guard Derrick Rose is expected to make his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lineup Thursday against the visiting Orlando Magic.
That’s the latest from Cavs practice Wednesday, when Rose met with the media and told reporters he is feeling good and looking like a go.
According to Rose, it all depends on how his body feels Thursday morning after taking part in Wednesday’s practice and scrimmage.
“I just want to hoop,” Rose, a former NBA Most Valuable Player, told reporters when asked about his role. “I don’t care about stats.”
Rose has been out with an ankle injury and hasn’t played in a game since Nov. 7.
He has appeared in seven games overall and is averaging 14.3 points. He is likely to serve as the primary backup to starting point guard Isaiah Thomas, though it’s possible they could be on the court at the same time.
In related news, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters that guard Iman Shumpert also practiced Wednesday. Lue said he isn’t sure about Shumpert’s status for Thursday.