Derrick Rose will play Friday against Puerto Rico, we have been assured.

Of course, knee soreness has a way of changing things — which was why Rose did not play Wednesday against the Dominican Republic. As I wrote Tuesday, Rose’s status and questions over his ability to play five games in six nights remain the biggest roster questions surrounding Team USA.

As for the other cuts that will get the roster down from 16 to 12, Gordon Hayward now seems the most likely to receive the “Thanks for coming” speech before the rest of Team USA boards a plane Saturday to head to Grand Canaria.

Hayward scored four points in 14 minutes with a pair of steals Wednesday night in a 105-62 victory over the Dominicans.