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(AP) — The Chicago Bulls have performed admirably in the first half of this season without star point guard Derrick Rose. A second straight absence from leading scorer Luol Deng also didn’t affect the team too much last time out.

With Deng’s status unknown, the Bulls will seek their fifth win in six games Wednesday night by adding to their dominance of the Detroit Pistons.

Heading into the midway point of this season, Chicago (24-16) is in fifth place in the Eastern Conference despite not having Rose on the floor due to a torn ACL. The 2010-11 MVP took the “next step” in his rehab Tuesday by taking contact in scrimmages against teammates.

“We want him to concentrate on the rehab and the team to continue to concentrate on improvement and our next opponent,” Thibodeau said.

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