Bulls vs. Grizzlies: Joakim Noah out again, Derrick Rose minutes plan same as Saturday

Rob Carr

The All-Star center is being held out again for precautionary measures, while Derrick Rose will likely play about as much as he did Saturday.

Joakim Noah will sit out once again due to a strained groin when the Bulls face the Grizzlies on Monday night in St. Louis. However, Noah is expected to return to the lineup when the Bulls take on the Wizards in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, according to CSN Chicago's Aggrey Sam.

Noah suffered the injury in practice last week after slipping on a wet floor. The All-Star center sat out the Bulls' preseason opening victory over the Pacers on Saturday, and he anticipated that he would miss Monday's game as well. The injury doesn't appear to be serious, and Noah is mainly being held out for precautionary measures.

In other Noah news, ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell reports that the big man has officially signed his new shoe deal with adidas.

As for Derrick Rose, he'll likely see playing time similar to what he saw Saturday, which may not make him all too happy. While there was some rust, Rose looked a lot like his old self at times in the win over the Pacers, displaying some of his trademark burst and explosiveness.

After the game, Rose dropped a bomb by saying that he had increased his vertical by five inches from 37 to 42. That seems kind of unbelievable coming off an ACL recovery, but he certainly did have a long time to work on his lower body.

Hopefully we'll see more of the same from Rose against the Grizzlies as he continues to get re-acclimated to NBA game speed. It would also be nice to see that allegedly improved jumper that has been talked about quite a bit this offseason.

Game is at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised on CSN Chicago.

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