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Bulls’ Derrick Rose sits due to sprained toe

Anthony Randolph, Luke Ridnour, Derrick Rose

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Tolliver, left, and Luke Ridnour, right, try to thwart a scoring attempt by Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Bulls won 111-100. Rose scored 31 points and had 11 assists. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


If you wondered just what happens to the Chicago Bulls offense when Derrick Rose isn’t there to create everything, watch Wednesday night’s game.

Rose did not suit up against the Wizards and John Wall due to a sprained big toe.

“It’s a pain tolerance thing. It’s a sprain. He’s gotten a lot of treatment. He usually responds very well to treatment,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game. “It’s when the pain subsides when he can play.”

Smart money would bet that the pain will be tolerable by Friday when the Bulls take on the Celtics.

None the less, the Bulls brought up Mike James from the D-League to give them some PG depth while Rose recovers.

Rose sprained his toe in the first quarter of the Bulls win over the Timberwolves Tuesday but stayed in the game and played through it, scoring a season best 31.

Obviously for the Bulls they need to get him right, they don’t want this lingering through a season with a compacted schedule.