Bulls G Derrick Rose out again with hamstring tendinitis
ATLANTA (AP) Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose sat out Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks because of right hamstring tendinitis.
Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, missed his second consecutive game. The Bulls were also without All-Star Jimmy Butler, their leading scorer, forward Nikola Mirotic and center Joakim Noah.
Rose averages 16.5 points per game, third on the team behind Butler and Pau Gasol. Tony Snell took Rose's spot in the starting lineup.
Chicago had won three straight and was sixth in the Eastern Conference, two percentage points better than the Hawks.
Rose, who has had operations on both knees, missed three games earlier this season with tendinitis in his right hamstring.
''I had a 1-on-1 talk with him at home when he came into my office before the last game (against) Washington,'' Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. ''He talked about the pain that he had. He talked about not being able to play his game, being cautious out there.''
Butler has been out since Feb. 5 with a left knee sprain. Mirotic is recovering from appendicitis, and Noah from an injured shoulder.