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Rose undergoes X-ray on left elbow, says 'I'm good'

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Rose undergoes X-ray on left elbow, says 'I'm good'

Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 10:26 p.m.

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. With 3:35 left in the Bulls 99-83 win over the Pistons, Derrick Rose was fouled by Detroit small forward Tayshaun Prince on a fast-break layup attempt. Rose hit his left elbow on the court and lay on the floor momentarily.

Bulls trainer Fred Tedeschi came out to assist the reigning league MVP, but he walked back to the bench under his own power during the TV timeout, then returned to the game to shoot his free throws. Afterwards, Rose was seen leaving the locker room with Tedeschi, his elbow heavily wrapped, as they went to have an x-ray.

Im good, Rose said afterwards, in the visiting locker room of the Palace at Auburn Hills. Just like any other time when you fall, youre definitely going to be sore, but thank God we dont play Thursday and I can rest.

"Hit it on the court. First, it felt good, until I went back to the bench and its kind of sore, throbbing a little bit, but Im all right, he continued, as he dressed gingerly. Something I can play through."

While Rose said its way too early to know if hed be available in the Bulls next game, Friday at Orlando, he claimed, As long as its not broken, Im good. Im moving. If it was broken, I wouldnt be moving at all. Id be yelling.

As for treatment, Rose said the plan is for him to probably use ice and electronic stimulation, to hopefully get the blood circulating, so that it recovers real quickly.

Although Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said he hadnt been updated on Roses status when he conducted his postgame interview with the media, he said thats part of the NBA when asked about Princes foul.

Added Rose: They were just making a run and just like any other team, they put other players in, their guys were playing hard and thats just how it is sometimes at the end of games.

The Bulls are already down one point guard, backup C.J. Watson, who is sidelined with a left-elbow injury of his own. Third-stringer John Lucas III played well in limited minutes Wednesday.

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.