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Rose out vs. Grizzlies

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Rose out vs. Grizzlies

MEMPHISAlthough he continued to use a walking boot for precautionary measures, it seemed as if Bulls point guard Derrick Rose would be able to soldier through his sprained left big-toe injury, suffered last week. Even when Tom Thibodeau said before Mondays afternoon-matinee game against the Grizzlies that Rose would be a game-time decision, it just appeared to be a typical case of the Bulls head coach not wanting to divulge more information than necessary.

However, the glum look on Roses face after he received treatment for the injury and before he took the FedEx Forum court for pregame warm-ups told the story.

Ill have to go out there and see. See how it goes, said a dejected Rose, who played his college basketball in the same arena. Still hurts a little bit, but Ive still got to go out there and play.

Well see, but you know the way I am, where Ive got that old-school mentality, where I dont want to miss a game and it hurts missing games, especially when it comes to me. I will have to see, though. Trainers told me to come back in and tell them how it is when I go out there and after I shoot, so thats just what Im waiting on, he continued. You really cant move, so probably once again go out there and see how it goes, and see from there.

Rose, who was officially named one of 20 finalists for USA Basketball's 2012 Olympic team Saturday, apparently re-aggravated the injury in Saturdays home win over the Raptors.

But thats almost every game, where you jam it, by the way that I play, the way that I push off, he said. Rose was very surprised. Kind of irritating. You want it to go away, but it always finds its way back.

Adding to his disappointment is the fact that he wont be able to play in front a supportive fanbase in Memphis, where Rose -- whos also suffering from a sinus infection -- is beloved for leading the John Calipari-coached Tigers to the NCAA national-championship game.

Coming back here -- Im only going to be here one time -- for me to be hurt almost every time I come here, he said. Its messed up.

John Lucas III will start in Rose's place for today's game.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Hub Arkush (ProFootball Weekly) and Jason Goch (SB Nation) join Kap on the panel.

The guys debate which team will finish with a higher draft pick when the season ends: Bulls or Blackhawks?

Plus, hear their reaction to the MLB’s new pace-of-play rule change.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: