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Monday, January 24, 2011
Rose glad for break,will rest aching back

By Nick Friedell

CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose is battling another injury but, as usual, he continues to play through it.

"My back is killing me right now," he said after the Bulls’ 92-83 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night at the United Center.

The good news is the Bulls have three days before their next contest against the Orlando Magic. It's a break that Rose is really looking forward to.

"I get time to rest," he said. "Get a lot of treatment and hopefully it will heal by the time we play Friday."

Speaking of healing, Bulls center Joakim Noah will have the pin taken out of his right thumb Tuesday morning. He has already started working out and is hoping to be back by the end of next month, if not sooner.

Thomas burns former team: Lost in Kurt Thomas' 22-point, nine rebound effort is the fact that he did it against the team he played for last season, the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I was fortunate enough to play there last year so I definitely know the tendencies of their defense," Thomas said. "But I know how they like to cover. I know how they like to rotate. My job is to get my feet set and knock it down."

He did that over and over Monday night and the Bucks just couldn't stop him.

"No matter who was on him, we just didn't get back to him fast enough," Bucks head coach Scott Skiles said. Kurt is a really smart player. He doesn't shoot a contested shot. In the first half, he was open and we weren't quick enough getting back to him. In the second, he still hit some contested shots."

Why didn't he do this more for the Bucks last season?

"I take it however it comes," he said with a laugh. "I played with a guy last year by the name of Brandon [Jennings] and he likes to get 'em up."

Line of the night part I: Rose, when asked jokingly by veteran writer Sam Smith if he even knew many people as old as Thomas.

"No, not playing. Especially not playing. My brothers are younger than him, a few of them are younger than him, and they retired already. And he's still playing, so he gives them something to work for."

Line of the night part II: Carlos Boozer, on if anyone was surprised by Thomas' performance:

"Listen, in practice he hits a lot of jump shots. Most nights he only gets two or three shots a game and tonight it was one of them nights where every time we ran pick and roll with him and D. Rose he was wide open. So we just kept [running it]. Sometimes you've got to run something til the wheels fall off and if we were still playing right now, we'd still be running that play … and he'd still be hitting them."