Derrick Rose out, Taj Gibson in tonight for the Chicago Bulls

Per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

DENVER --- Derrick Rose experienced neck spasms and is out for Friday's matchup against the Nuggets.

C.J. Watson will start in his place and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said John Lucas III, who was just signed today, would play.

Rose wore a heating pad as he sat in the visitors' locker room before
the Bulls' morning shootaround and couldn't turn his neck as he tried to
address reporters.

"It's real sore," Rose said. "It started a little before the (Phoenix)
game. It's been stiff ever since. If it's up to me, I'll play. But right
now, I have to turn my whole body to look a certain way."

Rose, who has missed only four games in his first two seasons, said he
planned to get a massage Friday afternoon. He tried soaking the neck
Thursday night but that didn't help.

"I've been getting treatment but it hasn't gotten loose yet," Rose said.
"I went to the team party (on Thursday) for a little bit, but I left
because my neck got more irritated."

Taj Gibson, who sat out the Suns' game with a sore right foot, will play tonight.

Although it's concerning to hear that Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls' star point guard, has neck spasms, having him sit out tonight's game against the ever dangerous Denver Nuggets, isn't really a bad idea.

Coming into the road trip, I had the Bulls finishing 3-4. That would come into fruition if the Bulls were to lose tonight against the Nuggets, and tomorrow night against the Sacramento Kings.

Tonight the Bulls have to deal with the Nuggets, who play much better team basketball at the Pepsi Center. With Rose not being able to turn around without moving his whole body, it's a very good idea to rest him for tonight's game, and then hopefully he will feel much better tomorrow.

To sure-up their backup point guard role, the Bulls also signed John Lucas III, who was one of the final cuts in preseason, and will play tonight.

Getting back to Rose, it's pointless to have him play through this very hurtful injury when he could easily re-injure it and it would cause him to miss even longer than just a few days.

Even if Rose played tonight, a win wouldn't be guaranteed by any stretch of the imagination.  Might as well have Rose get healthy, with one more day of recovery, and see if he can go tomorrow night against the Kings, who the Bulls can handle with Rose; probably without, too.

Also, as K.C. Johnson reported, Taj Gibson will be playing tonight, after missing Wednesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns.

He, along with other players-- such as Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, and Kyle Korver-- will have to step up offensively, and the Bulls will also need to play much better defense to make up for the 26.3 PPG average that Rose had.

It's going to be awfully tough for the Bulls to come away with the win tonight, but they have fought through absurd circumstances before, and I wouldn't be surprised if they can do the same tonight.

They will certainly come out with more fire, knowing they're without Rose, but not many teams can win with their star player out.

Bulls @ Denver Nuggets. 8:00pm C.S.T. CSN/ESPN 1000. 

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