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Rose, Bryant named NBA players of the week

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Rose, Bryant named NBA players of the week

MEMPHISBulls point guard Derrick Rose, currently sidelined by a sprained left big toe, was named the Eastern Conference player of the week, the NBA announced Monday.

In five games, Rose, who suffered the injury in Tuesdays win at Minnesota, averaged 24 points and 9.3 assists per contest and led the Bulls to an undefeated mark.

Rose recorded two double-doubles31 points and 11 assists against the Timberwolves and 18 points and 11 assists in Saturdays home victory over the Raptorsfor the Bulls, who had the leagues best record heading into Saturday.

Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant was named the Western Conference player of the week for a body of work that included three 40-point performances.

Bryant leads the league in scoring at 32 points per game.

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.

The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.

After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.

"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."

Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

The Bulls have a busy week ahead of them.

It will kick off on Tuesday when Fred Hoiberg & Co. take on Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in Los Angeles.

After that, the Bulls will head to Utah and face the Jazz on Wednesday, followed by the defending champ Golden State Warriors on Friday. Both games — against the Jazz and Warriors — will be on NBC Sports Chicago, and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.

See what Mark Schanowski, Vincent Goodwill, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue had to say about the upcoming week in the latest Honda Road Ahead.