Rose plays; Noah sits again

Updated: February 16, 2010, 10:29 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Derrick Rose started Tuesday night against the New York Knicks. Joakim Noah, meanwhile, sat again.

Chicago Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said the team has discussed sitting Noah for a few more games as he continues to be hampered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

"His foot's a little bit sore," Del Negro said Tuesday morning. "So we'll probably be a little bit cautious and get him some rest, but I want to wait and see."

Noah missed the last four games before the All-Star break because of the injury.

"We're going to look at that," Del Negro said of the possibility of sitting Noah for a longer period of time. "Just give him some more rest for the next two, three, four, five [games]. It just depends. The plantar fasciitis is very difficult [to get rid of]. He's feeling better. He's not where he'd like to be and we want to be smart about it."

Rose, who missed practice on Monday because of a hip bruise, gave it a go. He scored 29 points in Chicago's 118-85 win Tuesday.

"He's not 100 percent," Del Negro said before the game. "He's a little bit sore, but he got his work in this morning and he's feeling a little bit better."

Rose was injured on Wednesday when he drove for a layup and was fouled by the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, who dropped Rose flat on his back. An X-ray in the United Center showed no structural damage, and that was confirmed by the MRI.

Rose did not defend his Skills Challenge title during All-Star festivities on Saturday in Dallas, but he did play 15 minutes during Sunday's game, scoring eight points to go with four assists and three steals.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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