BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 13: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls takes a shot as Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics defends on January 13, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Chicago Bulls defeated the Boston Celtics 88-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bulls Vs Raptors: Bulls Grind Out 77-64 Victory At Home

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.

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Bulls Vs. Raptors Recap: Bulls Smother Raptors In 77-64 Victory

Despite the dynamism of reigning MVP Derrick Rose or the consistent efficiency of Luol Deng, the calling card of the Tom Thibodeau era Chicago Bulls (12-2) has always been defense, and it was that defense that carried the Bulls in a 77-64 suffocation of the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. The Raptors (4-9), who scored 15 points or less in three of four quarters, looked like a team missing their best player, which they were, as Andrea Bargnani sat out the game with a strained left calf.

Rose once again struggled to find his shooting touch, making only seven of 20 shots, but he did dish out 11 assists on the night. The Bulls took advantage of a depleted Toronto frontcourt, with Carlos Boozer putting up 17 points and 13 rebounds and Taj Gibson chipping in 11 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. The Bulls also received another solid night from the magically rejuvenated John Lucas, who finished with 10 points off the bench, including two three pointers.

The Bulls will be off on Sunday as they travel to face the Memphis Grizzlies on the road on Martin Luther King Day.

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Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls Guard Opens Up, Admits It's Turf Toe

Before you can get caught up on the injury situation regarding Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose, you need to understand one thing: not all sprains of the toe are necessarily turf toe, but all turf toe injuries are sprains of the toe. Got it? Good. Earlier in the week, head coach Tom Thibodeau insisted that Rose's injury was merely a sprain and not the chronic condition known as turf toe, saying: "it's a sprain and hopefully he'll be back in a day. It's (different) than a turf toe." The reigning MVP missed a game against the Washington Wizards while nursing his injury earlier in the week, but returned to action on Friday night and helped the Bulls knock off the Boston Celtics, 88-79.

After Friday night's win, Rose spoke to Sam Smith of Bulls.com about the severity and nature of his toe injury. He noted that he has been dealing with pain regularly since his sophomore season and that Adidas -- the shoe company that endorses him -- has sent him an insert to prevent him from bending his toe. Here is what Rose specifically added regarding his turf toe injury:

"I'll probably lose a step, but this is just preparing me for when I get old," Rose joked before Friday's game against the Celtics. I've been getting a lot of treatment on it. Hopefully it should be ready. I was very surprised when I woke up the next morning [after the Timberwolves game] and I couldn't walk. That was something that scared me. I went to get X-rays on it. The x-rays were negative."

"I have turf toe. That was a sprain. That's all it is. Turf toe is just a hyperextended toe. Turf toe is nothing but a sprain."

But as we know, turf toe is a bit different than just a sprain. Turf toe is an injury to the soft tissue around the big toe joint that can limit a player's ability to push off, shift weight and absorb force, and it can be chronic if not given the proper time to heal.

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Bulls Vs Raptors Preview: Chicago Looks To Stay Perfect At Home

The Chicago Bulls host the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.

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