Friday, February 10, 2012

Bulls' Rose (back) sits out against Bobcats

source: Nick Friedell |

CHARLOTTE -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is not expected to play against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.

The team considered him a game-time decision because of ongoing back issues, but Rose had said he thought he would play.

"[It feels] the same," Rose said before Friday morning's shootaround. "A little tight. But I should be able to deal with it."

Rose, who has been dealing with back spasms for several weeks, was taken out of Monday night's game against the New Jersey Nets in the second quarter because of tightness in the back.

He played just 22 minutes in a 90-67 victory Wednesday against the New Orleans Hornets.

Rose has been getting massages and other treatments to relieve some of the pain.

C.J. Watson will start in Rose's place.