Rose undergoes X-ray on left elbow, says 'I'm good'

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Rose undergoes X-ray on left elbow, says 'I'm good'

Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 10:26 p.m.

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. With 3:35 left in the Bulls 99-83 win over the Pistons, Derrick Rose was fouled by Detroit small forward Tayshaun Prince on a fast-break layup attempt. Rose hit his left elbow on the court and lay on the floor momentarily.

Bulls trainer Fred Tedeschi came out to assist the reigning league MVP, but he walked back to the bench under his own power during the TV timeout, then returned to the game to shoot his free throws. Afterwards, Rose was seen leaving the locker room with Tedeschi, his elbow heavily wrapped, as they went to have an x-ray.

Im good, Rose said afterwards, in the visiting locker room of the Palace at Auburn Hills. Just like any other time when you fall, youre definitely going to be sore, but thank God we dont play Thursday and I can rest.

"Hit it on the court. First, it felt good, until I went back to the bench and its kind of sore, throbbing a little bit, but Im all right, he continued, as he dressed gingerly. Something I can play through."

While Rose said its way too early to know if hed be available in the Bulls next game, Friday at Orlando, he claimed, As long as its not broken, Im good. Im moving. If it was broken, I wouldnt be moving at all. Id be yelling.

As for treatment, Rose said the plan is for him to probably use ice and electronic stimulation, to hopefully get the blood circulating, so that it recovers real quickly.

Although Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said he hadnt been updated on Roses status when he conducted his postgame interview with the media, he said thats part of the NBA when asked about Princes foul.

Added Rose: They were just making a run and just like any other team, they put other players in, their guys were playing hard and thats just how it is sometimes at the end of games.

The Bulls are already down one point guard, backup C.J. Watson, who is sidelined with a left-elbow injury of his own. Third-stringer John Lucas III played well in limited minutes Wednesday.

Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Can the Bulls get one on the Bucks? The Bulls are 0-3 against the Bucks so far this season and it hasn't been pretty. The Bucks have won the previous three meetings all by double digits and by an average of 19 points. The youth and athleticism of the Bucks has been a tough matchup for the Bulls so far.

2. Containing Giannis. There may be no stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bulls can at least try to contain him. Antetokounmpo is averaging 23 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. In three games against the Bulls this year he has averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest. If the Bulls are to stay in the game, they will need to keep him to numbers lower than that.

3. Playoff implications. The Bulls playoff hopes are still alive with nine games remaining, but things are looking a bit bleak. The Bulls are a game and a half out of the eighth playoff spot, but only 3.5 games behind two teams tied for the No. 5 seed, the Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have won three in a row to improve their position.

4. Mirotic on a roll. Streaky play is nothing new to Nikola Mirotic, but he's on a good run currently. After scoring a season-high 28 points on Wednesday against the Pistons, Mirotic followed that up with 15 points against the 76ers. Since missing three straight games earlier this month, Mirotic has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games and is averaging 15.6 points during that stretch.

5. Beginning of a tough stretch. The Bulls' playoff hopes could be made or broken in the next three games. After taking on the Bucks, which occupy a playoff spot, the Bulls host two more Eastern Conference playoff teams in Cleveland and Atlanta. The Bulls need to string some wins together and this is not an easy stretch to do so against.

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Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

The NBA announced Saturday that it has suspended former Bulls and current Knicks center Joakim Noah for 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

He tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement called selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, which is prohibited under the current collective bargaining agreement but would not have been under the new CBA starting next year, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

It was announced in February that Noah would miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury. His suspension will carry over into the 2017-18 campaign with only 10 games left this year.

Noah averaged 5.0 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game in 46 games in his first of a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks.