CHICAGO The Boston Celtics will not have to face reigning league MVP Derrick Rose, who remains out with a groin injury.
This will be bring Rose's total of missed games this year to 22, which includes the last 11 games with his current injury.
Despite not having him, the Bulls are 7-4 during Rose's current stint out with a groin injury suffered against New York on Mach 12.
Rose told reporters earlier this week that if he couldn't play against the Celtics, he would be back for Sunday's game against the Knicks.
Without Rose, the Bulls will once again turn to C.J. Watson to start at the point guard position.
Prior to the game, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau made it clear that Rose would not return to the floor until he was completely healthy.
"If he's healthy and he can play, he'll play," said the former Celtics assistant coach. "If he's not, he's gotta be smart about it.
"We just want to make sure," Thibodeau added. "At this point in the season, you're cautious because of where you are in the season. He has to be healthy. We're not going to rush him back, just to get him back."
On Toucher and Rich, Sean McAdam nominates Clay Buchholz for the eighth-inning role in the Red Sox bullpen.
The Patriots acquired former first-round pick Barkevious Mingo from the Browns. Albert Breer talks to Toucher and Rich about where Mingo could fit in.
Knicks president Phil Jackson’s biggest mistake? Taking the job in the first place?
Well, besides that. Jackson tells Today’s Fastbreak that it was not getting Jae Crowder when he had the chance.
Here’s Jackson quote, part of a long interview with Charley Rosen:
"I think my biggest mistake was actually this…One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics. In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking Jae Crowder. I liked Crowder but I thought he wouldn't get much of a chance to play behind Carmelo, so I took the pick, which turned out to be Cleanthony Early. While Cleanthony has missed lots of time in the past two seasons with us, he still has the potential to be a valuable player. Even so, I should have taken Crowder."
Jackson’s timeline is actually a little off. The Chandler and Felton to the Mavs deal was actually in June 2014. The Celtics, of course, acquired Crowder at the December 2014 trade deadline in the deal that sent Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks. Still, you get the point. Jackson covets Jae Crowder, who has proven to be a little more valuable than Cleanthony Early. And, in light of where NBA salaries have gone, the five-year, $35 million deal Crowder signed with the Celtics last offseason now seems like one of the biggest bargains in the NBA.