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Derrick Rose sits Tuesday, up in air for weekend games

Jan 17, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa AP

Not a huge surprise that Derrick Rose sat out Tuesday against the Suns to rest his sore left big toe. Deprived us of the Rose vs. Steve Nash showdown, but it happens.

After Tuesday the Bulls are off until Friday. That is a long rest in this schedule. Will Rose be back then?

Read as Tom Thibodeau dances around that question, via Aggrey Sam at

“He’s usually a pretty quick healer, so he’ll get his treatment, then we have a couple days off, so we’ll see where he is after that,” said Thibodeau, who will start C.J. Watson

“He’s fine. He’s going to do what’s in the best interest of the team and that’s where it is. He certainly has a lot of input in it, but we all have to weigh in. We talked to our doctors and to [Bulls team trainer] Fred [Tedeschi]. I think that once he’s healthy — and that’s something we talked to the medical staff first — is what can he handle. He’s been through different injuries. Once the swelling’s out of there and the pain goes down, he’ll be fine.”

That can mean whatever you want it to mean. It is very vague. Thibodeau should consider running for office.

  1. brooklynbulls - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    I’d rather Rose sit and return healthy. At least they have Watson and surprisingly Rip is back and the team looks good tonight against Phoenix. With the condensed schedule, you dont want this injury to linger.
    Got to be ready for Miami!

    • pudgalvin - Jan 17, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      And honestly, give him 2 weeks off if that’s what he needs. They might lost a couple here or there, but let him get as healthy as he can.

      After watching Rip in action again tonight, I really think if this team can stay healthy and go to the playoffs at full strength, they’re a completely different team offensively than they were last year. There’s no longer an offensive black hole at the 2 spot. Rip will give you 15, and Brewer has been much improved so far this year. I think the gap between them and the Heat is much, much smaller this year.

      • brooklynbulls - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

        He may need two weeks now that he’s been diagnosed with turf toe instead of a sprain. I know Boozer wont keep giving us games like last night, but if he comes close we should be alright with CJ running the point.

      • liltmac2003 - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        I completely agree.

        C.J. Watson has been going great, Rip is back, Deng is playing at an elite level, Boozer is having a decent season, and Noah is finally getting his energy level back the past few games.

        Then you have the Bench Mob with Lucas III at point, Brewer and his improved shot, Korver and those hot sauce threes, Gibson who is solid at any given night, with Asik ‘n destroy at big.

        That’s a super solid team that can compete. Throw in MVP Derrick Rose to the mix and the team got THAT much better.

  2. chicago240 - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Well their next 3 opponents are a combined 12-30. Unless he’s 100%, it’s madness to think the Bulls shouldn’t put in a decent effort and stand on their own two feet without him. Give him a week off with lots of toe massages. Sure don’t want to see Rose falter like Boozer did with turf toe in the playoffs last year (at least that was the excuse).

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