Derrick Rose Injury: Bulls PG Is Out Against Toronto

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose isn't playing against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night as he recovers from a strained groin. His back-up, C.J. Watson, is starting in his place, so expect him and John Lucas III to get significant playing time.

This is the 15th game that Rose has missed this season due to injury, as he's fought through a variety of ailments to lead the Bulls to the best record in the Eastern Conference. He's now missed five straight games with the groin issue, which he sustained against the Knicks over a week ago.

The Bulls are 10-4 this season without Rose, so they should be okay against a lowly Toronto team. With a 2.5-game lead against the Miami Heat in the standings and 18 games remaining, the Bulls have the top seed for the playoffs in their reach.

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