Rose a game-time decision vs. Hornets

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Rose a game-time decision vs. Hornets

NEW ORLEANS After leaving Mondays win at New Jersey in the second quarter and not returning to the contest not that the Bulls needed him to Derrick Roses status for Wednesdays game against the Hornets seemed unclear, despite the protestations to the contrary of the reigning league MVP and his coach. Prior to the teams morning shootaround at New Orleans Arena, Rose said he was confident he would suit up.

Backs feeling better. If anything, I should be able to go tonight. Game-time decision, see how it is when I go out there and I should be all right, said Rose. Shootaround, probably not. Just dribble the ball the whole time, get a feel for the ball and hopefully Ill be playing tonight.

Something that just happened. I havent had back issues since high school, so I know this could easily go away, he added. It feels a lot better, where Im able to move. That night, I wasnt icing. It locked up on me, but Im fine now.

Confirmed Thibodeau: Its a game-time decision. Hes feeling better right now, but we want to see how hes feeling after he warms up tonight.

Well, he said the back is fine now, which is the thing we were concerned with, but we just want to make sure that hes good, he continued. Hes had it before. He had it one time last year against Denver, when Rose sat out his only game of the 2010-11 campaign with neck stiffness and it was similar. It was one game, then the rest and he was fine after that, never had it again. But I guess hes had this since high school, so I think he knows how to deal with it pretty effectively.

Since the Bulls had a day off Tuesday in the Crescent City, Rose was able to treat his ailment without having to practice.

It was great, man. Laid around the whole day. I really dont get that much time to do that, but since Im out here I dont really know too many people out here so I had the whole day to myself, he said. Treatment the whole day, got stim on my back, massage. So, I should be all right.

Dont expect Rose to tone down his all-or-nothing game because of his back or the fact that the Bulls are facing the injury-decimated Hornets, already regarded as one of the leagues least talented squads.

Hell no. We still know that weve still got to go out here and play this game. Theyre an NBA team. That means they have good players on their team. Got some people thats nicked up on their team, but they might come back so weve still got to go out here and play this game, said Rose, who, in his typical fashion. When Im on the court, I dont pace myself like that. If anything, when Im out there, Im trying to create or do something to lead us in the right direction to get that win and pacing yourself, I think Thibs wouldnt allow you to do that anyway.

Morning Update: Dwyane Wade comes up clutch in close win vs. Kings

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Dwyane Wade gets a little help but saves the day defensively vs. Kings

Dwyane Wade gets a little help but saves the day defensively vs. Kings

It was a gift and the Bulls weren't going to look it in the mouth as Dwyane Wade was poised to finish off another one of his sterling defensive plays with a breakaway dunk with the game tied and Arron Afflalo and DeMarcus Cousins trailing.

Lightly touched by the small of his back by Cousins, Wade miscalculated his liftoff and missed the dunk but was bailed out by the refs for a foul with 14 seconds left.

Then, he bailed the Bulls out.

Wade had his fifth fourth-quarter defensive play, stripping Cousins on a steal on the ensuing possession with the Sacramento Kings having a chance to win, leading to a Michael Carter-Williams dunk and finishing a 102-99 win Saturday night at the United Center.

It was a clock-turning performance for Wade on both ends of the floor, even if his missed dunk is a reminder that he is 35 years old. But putting up 30 with six rebounds and four assists on the second night of a back-to-back is proof positive he took Friday's loss to Atlanta personally and used his play to back up those feelings.

He scored 13 in the fourth, along with the last of his four blocked shots and all three of his steals took place in the final 12.

Cousins dominated the game with 42 and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes, the only Kings player in double figures all night.

Back-to-back triples from Cousins gave him 40 and tied the game at 97, as a third one rimmed out with a little under two minutes left.

Cousins dominated the start of the third quarter, hitting midrange jumpers over Robin Lopez and taunting the Bulls bench after hitting a jumper to put the Kings ahead, 70-63 midway through the third.

It looked like the worst was over when the Bulls made a short run to end the third, surviving the onslaught from Cousins — and surviving their own experimenting as the Paul Zipser played heavy minutes and even finished out the game on the floor.

Zipser scored 13 and Nikola Mirotic scored 11 off the bench, with Jimmy Butler scoring 23 with seven assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes.