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“My spirits are up,” Rose said. “Just happy to be here. My family is here. My teammates are here. Just everybody that we need.”

Rose said Deng’s absence does not have him feeling pressure to rejoin the lineup.

“I haven’t had any pressure from anyone _ not in the organization, not from my teammates,” Rose said. “They know I’m putting everything I have into trying to come back as fast as possible. But just trying to be smart with the whole situation and just take my time.”

Thibodeau was far from committal when asked if Rose could play against Miami.

“We’ll see,” he said.