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Saturday, November 27, 2010
Derrick Rose to play vs. Kings

By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Derrick Rose will be in the lineup when the Chicago Bulls conclude their "Circus Trip" against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

Rose missed Friday's game against the Denver Nuggets with a strained neck.

"It's a little sore but I'm willing to play through it," Rose said before Saturday's contest.

Rose started to experience discomfort in his neck after Wednesday night's double-overtime win over the Phoenix Suns. He underwent treatments on the injury on the team's flight to Sacramento. He'll be treated again before Saturday's game.

"[I feel] a lot better," Rose said. "Throughout the whole game [Friday] I was getting a massage in the back [of the locker room] ... [the neck] feels decent. We'll have to see. I still have problems turning fast certain ways but I think when I'm playing I shouldn't be thinking about it."

Rose, the league's third-leading scorer, isn't sure if the injury will limit his minutes Saturday night.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.