Derrick Rose says elbow OK

Updated: January 4, 2012, 11:31 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose underwent an X-ray on his left elbow after falling on it during a drive to the basket in Wednesday's win against the Detroit Pistons. While Rose never specifically said the X-ray was negative, the reigning MVP insisted that he was fine.

"I don't know what you call it, a bruise or whatever," Rose said. "But I'm good."

When asked about Rose's X-ray, Bulls trainer Fred Tedeschi said he couldn't speak to the media. A Bulls spokesperson said in an email that Rose's elbow was "fine."

Rose injured the elbow after taking a hard foul from Pistons' forward Damien Wilkins with 3:35 left to play in the fourth quarter. He stayed on the ground for a moment before walking off under his own power to the bench.

"[The elbow] hit on the court," Rose said. "First it felt good, til I went back to the bench, then it was kind of sore and throbbing a little bit, but I'm all right ... It's something I can play through."

Rose wore a huge ice pack on his elbow after the contest and struggled to bend it while putting on his shirt, but he repeatedly insisted he was OK.

"It's just like any other time when you fall. You're definitely going to be sore, but thank God we don't play [Thursday] and I can rest," Rose said.

Rose said it was still too early to know if he would play against the Orlando Magic on Friday.

"Way too early," he said "But I'm fine. ... As long as it's not broke I'm good. I'm good. It's not broke. I'm moving. If it was broke, I wouldn't be moving at all. I would be yelling."

Rose said his treatment would be simple.

"Just like ice and stim, like any other thing," he said. "And hopefully get the blood circulating so that it recovers real quickly."

Rose was one of five Bulls scoring in double figures, with 17 points and 10 assists.

C.J. Watson, Rose's backup, is unsure when he will be able to return from his own elbow injury. Watson revealed Wednesday that he suffered a dislocated left elbow during a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

"I tried to plant myself from the fall and [the elbow] popped out and then it popped back into place when I felt the pain and bent it a little bit," Watson said before Wednesday night's game. "After that, I guess it's just time to see how long it takes. No real timetable, just day by day and see how it feels."

The Bulls welcomed back Rip Hamilton, who missed the last two games with a sore groin. He started against his former team and scored 14 points in 32 minutes.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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