Bulls PG Derrick Rose ruled out versus Kings
Chicago Bulls point guard and reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose will not play against the Sacramento Kings Tuesday after head coach Tom Thibodeau ruled out his star player, according to ESPN.
Rose saw a specialist for his ailing back Monday after missing Sunday’s loss to the Celtics with persistent back spasms. Tests revealed no structural damage, but he's still listed as day-to-day.
Chicago opened as a 12-point favorite against Sacramento Tuesday night.
Oddsmakers are following the situation closely. Not only does Rose’s absence affect Chicago’s line by up to four points in any given game, his status weighs heavily on NBA championship futures.
“If Rose is out for any extended period of time, you’ll see a trickle-down effect, with the Heat becoming a clearcut favorite in the East and other contenders' odds [like Philly] going lower,” Todd Fuhrman, senior sports analyst for Caesars Entertainment, told Covers.com.
Miami is the current favorite at -250, followed by the Bulls at +200. Philly is at +1,000, the Pacers at +1,200, the Hawks at +2,500. Caesars does not post odds on the Celtics, the third favorite, because Harrah's chairman and CEO Gary Loveman owns a piece of the team.
With Rose sitting Sunday, C.J. Watson shot 8 for 23 in the Bulls’ 95-91 loss in Boston. He had six assists and three turnovers.
“You’re talking about losing the MVP,” Fuhrman said. “The team just flows a lot differently when he’s not there.”
Rose (22.0 ppg, 7.8 apg) has missed seven of the Bulls’ 30 games. He’s been fighting back problems for several weeks and has had difficulty walking without pain.
"The first time I remember (the back problems) happening were in high school," Rose said. "But in college I didn't have it. First couple of years (in the NBA), I didn't have it. All of a sudden it just happened now."
Rose said he wants to be pain-free before coming back.
"I got to be able to move," Rose said. "Get up without hurting. Be myself. Right when I feel that there's no pain there anymore, I know I'll be ready."