|Derrick Rose will miss Tuesday's game against the Sacramento Kings. (Getty Images)|
The comeback will wait for Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said on Tuesday that his starting point guard did not participate in the team's shootaround and will not play against the Sacramento Kings at the United Center on Tuedsay night.
"Each day, he’s feeling better," Thibodeau said. "But it’s still not where we want it to be. We’re going to be patient and see how it goes."Over the weekend, we noted that Rose had visited a back specialist, who diagnosed him with "lower back spasms" but said that Rose had no structural damage in his back. He has since been listed as day-to-day by the team.
"You look at what the doctors are saying and how he’s feeling," Thibodeau said. "What we’ve been told from the start of this is he’s day-to-day. That’s how we’re approaching it. We’ll continue to get the information, study it and make a good decision.
Rose, 23, is the NBA's reigning MVP and was voted by the fans to the starting lineup of the 2012 All-Star Game. He's averaging 22.0 points, 7.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 35.5 minutes per game this season for Chicago.
The Kings game will be the third consecutive game that Rose has missed, as he did not play during a Bulls win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday and a Bulls loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday. The game against the Kings marks the beginning of a 5-game homestand leading into the All-Star break. Chicago will host Boston on Thursday, the New Jersey Nets on Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks next Monday and the Milwaukee Bucks next Wedneday.
The Bulls currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, with a record of 23-7.
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