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."
A Red Sox pitcher was ejected after a foul ball on Sunday afternoon, and a dangerous one.
Reliever Matt Barnes threw behind the Orioles’ Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning at Camden Yards in a bad place — way too close to the head.
The pitch was an assumed attempt at retribution after Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia with a slide on Friday, and it got Barnes ejected.
Oddly enough, it was a foul ball. Machado was holding his bat with just his right hand as he moved his head out of the way, in the direction of first base.
The ball hit the bat and then bounced off Machado’s back in as strange a sequence as you’ll find.
As everything was sorted out, Machado and Pedroia were shown on the telecast talking to each other. Machado pointed toward his own head, indicating his displeasure at where the pitch was located.
“Hey," Pedroia said, before he whistled to get Machado's attention.
“It’s not me," Pedroia said in an exchange caught on camera. "If it was me, we would have hit you the first day. Now, it’s not me"
Joe Kelly came on and gave up a first-pitch double to Machado on a hanging breaking ball that was drilled to center.