Derrick Rose left Monday's night game after only playing 11 minutes.
The reason he left and did not return was due to back spasms, which he has been suffering with at least since Saturday's game against the Bucks.
With three games left on this nine game road trip the Chicago Bulls should sit Rose for at least the next two, and maybe even the third against Boston on Sunday. After Sunday the Bulls will be able to enjoy six straight home games.
The next two games are against the Hornets and Bobcats, who have combined for seven wins on the season. The Bulls proved a few weeks ago they can beat Charlotte without Rose, and New Orleans shouldn't offer much resistance as it has lost six straight and is 1-9 in its last 10 games.
Letting Rose rest and get treatment is the best course of action. Between his toe and now his back, this shortened season is taking a toll on the reigning MVP.
Both C.J. Watson and John Lucas III have proved this season they are ready to step up and produce with Rose out of the lineup.
Overall, the rest of February is a pretty easy month for the Bulls. Their only back-to-back is at the end of the month, and besides games against the Celtics, Hawks and Spurs, every other team has a losing record.
The rest of the month looks likes this: Boston and New Orleans twice, Charlotte, Sacramento, San Antonio, Atlanta and the lowly New Jersey Nets all once. San Antonio is the final game of the month and is on the road.
Now is the perfect time to rest Rose and any other banged-up member of the team because the road gets much more difficult in March and April. In those two months they will play the Heat and Knicks three times, as well as the Magic, Pacers and 76ers each twice.
If the Bulls hope to once again have home-court advantage in the playoffs it is key that Rose rests and gets healthy now rather then later.
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