Rose returns after banging knee

Updated: March 2, 2010, 12:02 AM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

Already missing forward Luol Deng and center Joakim Noah, the Bulls had a scare on Monday after All-Star guard Derrick Rose went down in their game against the Atlanta Hawks.

With 7:31 left in the first quarter, Rose banged knees with Atlanta guard Mike Bibby. The young guard collided with Bibby and stayed down on the court for a couple of minutes while holding his right knee.

Though Rose walked off under his own power, he was taken to the locker room for further examination. He returned to the bench with approximately 1:07 left in the first quarter and was seen smiling with teammates. Rose returned to the game at the 7:27 mark of the second quarter and went on to score 24 points in Chicago's 116-92 loss.

This is the second time in three nights that Rose has hurt his knee. On Saturday, Rose banged knees with Pacers point guard Earl Watson. Although, that was his left knee, not his right.

After the brief scare, Rose said he is fine.

"I'm kind of sore, but it's just regular injuries," he said. "We bumped knees again and this time he really hit the kneecap."

Rose admitted that after he hit his knee again he thought about sitting out for the rest of the night, but then he got a pep talk from one of his biggest fans -- his brother, Reggie.

"I thought about it a little bit," he admitted. "Then my brother came back there and was talking about [how] great players play through [pain] when they're hurt. I didn't want to hear his mouth, so that's what made me go out there and try to play."

Deng was ruled out of Monday's game with a swollen knee, while Noah is battling plantar fasciitis in his foot.

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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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