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(SportsNetwork.com) - Derrick Rose has been beset by injuries all season and the Chicago Bulls are hoping he can start stringing some games together soon. Rose is dealing with a tight hamstring and said if hes ready to go Friday against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden he will play. Rose is paying attention to his body, which has failed him in recent seasons and this one. The former NBA MVP left Tuesdays 114-109 loss at Denver with tightness in the muscle and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau kept Rose out as a precaution because of the pace of the game. I wasnt moving the way I wanted to on the floor, Rose said. I came in and talked to Thibs and we both agreed on me sitting out. The Bulls trailed 31-21 after the first quarter and 56-49 at halftime. Chicago, which shot 42.7 percent and made just 7-of-21 3-pointers, came alive in the fourth quarter to no avail. Jimmy Butler scored 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Pau Gasol added 22 points and 11 boards for the Bulls, who did not have center Joakim Noah because of eye and knee issues. Noah and Rose were back at practice, and both players are probable. Noah is averaging 7.9 points and 9.2 rebounds. Forward Taj Gibson (ankle) has missed two straight games and could miss a third Friday, while guard Kirk Hinrich (chest bruise) is probable. The Bulls are 2-3 on their circus road trip, which comes to an end Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets. Boston will resume a three-game homestand and has lost four in a row at TD Garden. In Sundays 94-88 loss to Portland, Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger did their best with 19 points apiece, but the Celtics couldnt avoid their fifth loss in the last six tries. Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo scored 13 points for Boston, which posted just 16 points in the fourth quarter and is 2-5 as the host. San Antonio will visit Beantown on Sunday and perhaps Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart could see action. Smart has been out since Nov. 7 with an ankle injury and was back at practice this week. The energetic and defensive-minded Smart could be available as soon as Friday or against the Spurs. Hes done his rehab diligently and hes done it well, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Hes stuck to the game plan as far as coming in here multiple times a day and going above and beyond. So hes doing what hes supposed to do, and this is the appropriate time frame (for his return). The Celtics defeated the Bulls, 106-101, on Nov. 8 this season and Evan Turner led seven players in double figures with 19 points. Rose did not play in that game, but both Gasol and Noah did, combining for 32 points and 20 boards. Chicago lost nine of the past 13 games at Boston. Cheap Wild Jerseys . 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"We dont always hit on all cylinders offensively, defensively sometimes were on the field too much, special teams were not as productive as wed like to be, but as a team, one phase has been outstanding to allow us to peck out wins. Thats essentially the sign of a good team." The Stampeders have worked for their wins with a constantly rotating cast of characters. All CFL teams deal with injuries in a season, but the theme of Calgarys season so far is resiliency. The employment of three different starting quarterbacks has been well documented, but the Stampeders have also been forced to cover gaps on the offensive line, at receiver and in the defensive backfield when starters went down. It begs the question how much better Calgary would be if they werent routinely plugging holes in their lineup. "Its hard to improve under those conditions," Hufnagel said. "When you have new people in your lineup, then theres an adjustment period. "Our offensive line has been a scramble all year long. Im hoping that before the season is over we can get our five in there and get a couple games underneath our belt to head into the playoffs. "Same with our quarterback position. With three different quarterbacks playing, its the same playbook, but like Ive always said, each quarterback brings their own personality." Calgarys 26-22 win over Hamilton combined with the Saskatchewans 31-29 loss to the Toronto Argonauts on the weekend allowed the Stampeders to gain sole possession of first place in the West. A 25-7 Edmonton Eskimos victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers eliminated the possibility Winnipeg (2-9) could finish ahead of Calgary in a crossover playoff scenario. The Esks, last in the West at 2-9, also cant catch Calgary because the Stampeders won the season series between the teams. The Stampeders host defending league champion Toronto, the East Division leaders at 7-2, on Saturday in a rematch of last years Grey Cup. The Stampeders are unbeaten at home at 5-0. Calgarys win over the Tiger-Cats on Friday was by no means a classic. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell struggled early, but marched the Stampeders downfield with two minutes remaining to score the eventual winning touchdown. The defence that had given up 408 passing yards to Hamiltons Henry Burris sprang to life on the last drive of the game.dddddddddddd Sacks by Charleston Hughes and Cordarro Law helped prevent the Ticats from countering with a winning score. Mitchell, 23, was Calgarys third string quarterback in training camp. Hes won his three starts with veterans Drew Tate and Kevin Glenn on the sidelines with injuries. Hes also come onto the field to preserve wins when Glenn has gone out of the game. While Mitchell entertained reporters in the Stampeders dressing room post-game, Glenn walked by chanting "All we do is win. No matter who is playing. We just win." Hufnagel said he allowed himself scotch and a cigar post-game, but that was in celebration of his 62nd birthday. One of the teams big recent improvements is in sacks, with 23 in the last four games. Hughes and Winnipegs Alex Hall were tied for first in the league with a dozen sacks apiece ahead of Law with nine. Receiver Maurice Price has also been an impact player since his return from a hamstring injury with four touchdown catches in the three games. Running back Jon Cornish, who has achieved 1,000 rushing yards for a second straight season, and the consistency of field-goal kicker Rene Paredes, are the constants for Calgary this season. Field goals can feel like settling for less on some drives, but two misses by Hamiltons Luca Congi on Friday reinforced the importance of Paredess contributions to Calgarys bottom line. Paredes set a CFL record of 39 consecutive field goals before missing his first of the season Aug. 24 in Toronto. He was 12 for 12 in his last three games. If he can maintain his 97.2 per cent completion rate, Paredes will break the single-season record of 94.3 held by B.C.s Paul McCallum. "Rene has been exceptional with his field-goal kicking and his ability to put it through the goal posts has really determined the outcome of a lot of our football games," Hufnagel said. "One of the reasons we are in first place is because of Renes consistency." The coach expects both Glenn and fullback Rob Cote returning to full practice this week after knee and shoulder injuries respectively. Offensive linemen Dan Federkeil (groin) and Dimitri Tsoumpas (concussion) remain out. Receiver Joe West (shoulder) is close to returning, but has two games remaining on the nine-game injured list. "We know we need to improve in all areas and hopefully I can get the guys back that have been injured who have been starters at the beginning of the year and get them playing good football," Hufnagel said. "If they dont return, well get better with the guys we have." 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