R-E-L-A-X everybody, Derrick Rose is fine:
Rose: "My knee is fine." Will play vs. Magic.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 12, 2015
Rose missed the Bucks victory on Saturday due to left knee soreness, and there was a chance he was going to get an MRI after a visit to Dr. Brian Cole. However, that MRI wasn't needed:
Rose said he didn't have to get an MRI. Just soreness. Got treatment yesterday and feeling better.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 12, 2015
So it appears Rose sitting was just a precautionary measure, and the fact that the Bulls were on a back-to-back provided a nice excuse to be safe as well. Rose hasn't been playing well over the last few weeks (shooting 27.9 percent over last eight games), and perhaps some fatigue in that knee has contributed to that. His jumper is all out of sorts and he's having a ton of problems finishing at the rim.
While Rose will play against the Magic, Mike Dunleavy will not, although he could be back this week:
Thibodeau said Dunleavy ankle injury is improving. Out vs. Magic. Could return this week.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 12, 2015
Dunleavy had an MRI over the weekend, but it seems nothing serious turned up. The Bulls have really missed his ability to space the floor, which is another one of the reasons the offense has tanked of late. It will certainly be good to get him back as soon as possible.