Derrick Rose was held out of the Bulls' exhibition matchup in Brazil earlier today due to soreness in his left knee, but Tom Thibodeau said it was expected and he doesn't expect it to be a long-term situation.
"You're always concerned with any injuries or soreness, but we knew going into the season, he's coming off a major injury," Thibodeau said. "So he started practice yesterday and he had soreness so we sat him the remainder of the practice and then we wanted to see where he was today and he wasn't as well as we would have liked."
Rose had played in the Bulls' first two preseason games, logging 43 combined minutes while scoring 13 points apiece in both games. He had reportedly practiced during the week -- the Bulls arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday -- but the front office wanted to take precautions when he felt some soreness in practice on Friday. The Bulls anticipated giving Rose some time off during training camp in October to make sure he's fully rested for the start of the regular season. Joakim Noah missed his third straight game with a groin injury.
"If he needs a day or a couple days," Thibodeau said, "we'll do that."
Kirk Hinrich started in Rose's absence, finishing with eight points, five rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes in the Bulls' 83-81 win. Second-year guard Marquis Teague also saw extended minutes, scoring four points and handing out an assist in 25 minutes. He did turn the ball over four times, however, and was on the court when the Wizards went on a 17-4 run to open the fourth quarter and briefly take the lead. Hinrich re-entered the game and led the Bulls to a comeback win late.