Derrick Rose swears he is feeling fine.

Despite the fact he has battled a sore right hamstring for more than a week, the former MVP insists that he is feeling fine as he continues to work his way back after missing the last year and a half to recover from reconstructive knee surgery.

"I'm great, man," Rose said after Monday night's win over the Charlotte Bobcats. "I'm great. This is the most I've ever took care of my body in my life, in my career, and [I'm] just trying to continue to do that."

The problem for Rose and the Chicago Bulls is that the 25-year-old's stats this season tell a different story. After knocking down six 3-pointers on Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers, Rose followed that up by shooting 4-for-13 from the field on Monday. He is now 39-for-112 (34.8 percent) from the field on the season. What has to be most disconcerting for coach Tom Thibodeau is the fact that Rose went to the free throw line just four times on Monday and seems much more hesitant going to the rim than usual. Rose is 18-for-20 from the free throw line this season but says he isn't worried about his hesitation in trying to get to the hole of late.

"I'm not trying to get caught up into that," Rose said. "I'm just going to try and play my game. Of course, I could try to come down and do that every play, but me not going to the line or not getting the calls -- I really have to take that into consideration when I'm driving and play smart."

So if Rose isn't hurt, and he isn't concerned about his game, then why hasn't he looked like the player that dominated in the preseason? It's the unanswered question that continues to hover over the Bulls. The issue for Thibodeau, at least in the short term, is that Rose doesn't look as confident as he did during that preseason run. Granted, the Bulls continue to pile up wins -- now five in a row -- and Rose continues to make plays late in games, as evidenced by his two crucial baskets down the stretch, but anyone who has watched Rose over his career can tell you the he doesn't look particularly comfortable on the floor right now.

Is it rust? Is he hurt? Is he just not playing well? Whatever the answer is, Rose's teammates and coaches remain firmly in his corner.

"It was a tough, hard-fought game, and I liked that Derrick showed a lot of perserverence," Thibodeau said. "He had timely buckets late and made some big buckets for us -- that was huge. The game will tell you what shots were there. I want Derrick to be aggressive, to play to his strengths. Each game he has gotten better and better."