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Derrick Rose sits out loss to Heat with groin strain

CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose missed Friday's 118-96 loss to the Miami Heat because of a left groin strain. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said the injury occurred late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, but Rose said the injury got progressively worse as the game unfolded.

"[It got] sore as the game went on," Rose said before Friday's game. "I gave them notice [Thursday] and they were on top of it. It's day-to-day, but I wouldn't say it's frustrating. I'm controlling all I can control. I'm trying my hardest to be out there, but the reality is that stuff like this happens."

Friday marks the 11th game of the season Rose has missed because of injury. Rose has been very open about the fact that he is "listening to my body," more this season and reiterated that before the game.

"I think nobody knows my body but me," Rose said. "Just trying to listen to it."

Rose is hopeful he will be able to play again on Monday against the Toronto Raptors.

"That's the plan right now," he said. "Give [the injury] these two days. Lift, whatever they want me to do. And then when Monday comes if I feel good, I'll play."

As for injured All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler, Hoiberg is hopeful he will be able to play on Monday as well. Butler, who initially suffered a left knee strain on Feb. 5, has been out since Monday after playing 34 minutes in Saturday's win over the Houston Rockets. Butler received positive news on Thursday after getting a second opinion from surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

"Jimmy had a really good workout today without any type of setback," Hoiberg said. "We'll work him out again the next two days, probably some 3-on-3 [Saturday], and then hopefully some 5-on-5 if we have enough bodies, on Sunday, before we head to Toronto. And hopefully he'll be ready to go."

Hoiberg remained unclear if Butler will be under a minutes restriction when he returns.

"That [discussion] will more likely take place after the next couple days when he gets some contact," Hoiberg said. "And then we'll make that decision for whenever it is when he comes back. If it's Monday, if it's Wednesday, if it's the following week. But just try to get him some contact right now, see him how to reacts to that and then we'll make that determination."

Hoiberg started recently acquired Justin Holiday for the first time in a backcourt alongside E'Twaun Moore.

Hoiberg also reiterated that injured center Joakim Noah will be out for the year after shoulder surgery. Noah was at the United Center on Friday night for the first time in several weeks as he continues his rehab.

"Jo, he's one of those guys that lights up the room," Hoiberg said. "Everybody that saw him got a big hug from Jo. He just [has] so much energy. It's great to have him back. He'll be here the rest of the season. He won't travel with us with his rehab with what he's going to continue to do with that. He's got the sling off last week, he's starting to up his activity a little bit with movement in that shoulder. He's pretty skinny in that one arm where he hasn't been able to do much. Same time frame with Jo, but it's great to have him back in town."

Yet again, the Bulls are trying to fight their way a season full of injuries. They entered Friday's game on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

"It is what it is," Rose said. "It's not like guys are trying to get injured. Trying our hardest to make the playoffs right now, make a run for it. So the way that we're playing, I guess injuries are going to come."