- Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose hasn't been able to run because of the groin injury that's kept him out of three games, and coach Tom Thibodeau said he won't play against the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
"I really don't know," Rose said when asked when he might return. "They haven't gave me a time. They say with an injury like this you really don't know how long it's going to take.
"Where I thought I was going to be back sooner, missing big games that I would hate to miss like the one tonight, but I got to worry about my health."
Rose said the groin still is tight and hurts. Monday's contest was the 14th game Rose has missed this season. Chicago is 9-4 without its star player.
"It's definitely been frustrating," Rose said. "It's the most I've ever been injured, ever, in my life.
"The biggest thing is just staying strong mentally. Where missing these games, we're playing good right now, [it's] definitely hurting me, but [I'm] keeping a positive attitude."
On the bright side, Rose said the injury appears to be improving.
"I'm feeling good where my groin is getting better," he said. "Just trying to stay positive, man, keep a clear head mentally thinking that God does everything for a reason.
"Otherwise, I'm feeling good, my health is OK. I'm not sick or anything, it's just my groin."
Thibodeau is taking a wait-and-see approach.
"It could be a few days, it could be who knows?" he said. "Each day we just want him to make progress. When he's healthy, he's healthy. We don't want him to ... we're not going to rush him back. We want him to be completely healthy. We think that's important."
Rose has also suffered from back spasms and a turf toe. The current injury has kept him from running, which could put Wednesday's game against the Toronto Raptors in jeopardy.
"I haven't been able to run like that," Rose said. "I haven't ran in a couple of days. I'm just making sure that my leg is OK and making sure that the pain goes away very quickly.
"I haven't been able to shoot."
"After the game I remember walking back to the locker room and I told the trainers immediately that I wasn't feeling right, where my leg was really messed up," Rose said. "They looked at it and saw what it was and I had to go get treatment and everything the next day."
The reigning MVP is averaging 22.8 points and eight assists a game for the first-place Bulls.
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.
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