Rose, Noah held out of Bulls practice


CHICAGO -- Neither Derrick Rose nor Joakim Noah participated in practice for the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, but both are expected to be available for Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said both players were “sore” and offered few details. Asked if Rose was dealing with a sore hip, Thibodeau said, “It’s a little better today.” Noah is coming off knee surgery in the offseason and was not included in the team's injury report.

Rose scored 19 points and dished out nine assists against the Houston Rockets on Monday as he matched up against fellow Chicago product Patrick Beverley.

“I feel good; I feel fine,” Rose said. “I can't complain about anything. The hip is fine. I didn't feel it yesterday, so I guess that's a good sign.”

While neither practiced, both Rose and Noah did take part in extra shooting after practice was complete. In other injury news, Mike Dunleavy (right ankle) did not practice, while rookie Doug McDermott (right knee) had full participation, with his return to the court still undetermined.

Rose did admit to digging a little deeper Monday in his matchup with Beverley.

“That’s just Chicago basketball, man,” Rose said. “We’ve been really going after each other since high school and that was my first time playing against him in the pros ... and I guess y’all can tell by the way he was playing. That’s a Chicago thing.

“But if anything, you have to love it. If the kids who are from Chicago were watching yesterday, you have to see that both guys were competing and really trying to win that game. It’s deep, it’s very deep.”

Rose was not concerned about his availability Wednesday.

“Yeah, I should be able to play,” said Rose, who confirmed that the hip issue started after he bumped into Boston’s Avery Bradley during Saturday’s victory over the Celtics. “I’m not worried about it.”