Bulls without Rose vs. Kings

February 14, 2012, 6:45 pm
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Guard Derrick Rose, plagued with back spasms, will miss Tuesday night's game against the Kings, according to reports out of Chicago.

Rose did not participate in the Bulls' shootaround. He sat out the past two games at Charlotte and Boston and was limited in the previous two.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau made the announcement after practice.

CSNChicago.com: No structural damage for Rose

"He didn't practice, but he's feeling better," Thibodeau said.

According to multiple reports, the Bulls will re-sign veteran point guard Mike James.

Rose, the NBA's reigning MVP, was examined Monday by a specialist, and general manager Gar Forman says no structural damage was found.

Rose is averaging 22.0 points and 7.8 assists, but he's missed seven games because of problems with his back and left big toe.

With Rose sidelined, Chicago (23-7) saw its five-game winning streak come to an end Sunday with a 95-91 loss at Boston. C.J. Watson and Carlos Boozer each scored 22 points but the Bulls shot just 38.6 percent from the field.

The Bulls have outscored Sacramento (10-17) by an average of 13.8 points while taking six of the last seven matchups, including a 132-92 victory March 21 in the Kings' last visit to the United Center.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.