Derrick Rose misses practice

Updated: January 19, 2012, 5:16 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose did not practice Thursday afternoon and is a game-time decision Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"He got his treatment today, did a little bit of shooting," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He's feeling a little better so we'll see how it goes [Friday]."

Rose has missed the past two games because of lingering issues from a turf toe injury he aggravated Jan. 10 against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"Once he's good, he's good," Thibodeau said. "He's day to day. Our doctors have said that basically it's a sprain and it's a pain tolerance thing. Once the swelling goes down and he can tolerate the pain, then he can play."

Thibodeau knows how much Rose wants to be back on the floor.

"The guy wants to play, he's a fierce competitor. But he's doing all the things he should be doing."

Bulls center Joakim Noah wants his star on the floor, but for the long haul.

"We need Pooh to be 100 percent. Of course you want your MVP out there on the court, but we understand the big picture," Noah said. "And it's a long season. Of course he wants to be out there on the court, but you just got to be careful."

C.J. Watson has been playing well in place of Rose after returning from his own elbow injury.

"You just got to keep the ship steady 'til he gets back," he said.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.

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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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