By Cody Westerlund–
CHICAGO (CBS) — Bulls point guard Derrick Rose’s status is uncertain for Thursday’s road contest against the Lakers as he deals with a sore right hamstring and back tightness, injuries that flared up in Monday night’s loss the Heat.
Rose participated in some non-contact work at Tuesday’s practice, a day after he missed the game’s second half, but he sat out the contact portion. The hamstring is more of a concern than the back, coach Fred Hoiberg said.
“He’s sore,” Hoiberg said.
An MRI isn’t currently planned for Rose.
Rose has played in 38 of the team’s 44 games this season. He missed three games across late December and early January because of a right hamstring injury. He also has missed two because of a left ankle injury and one with a left knee issue.
Rose is averaging 15.3 points on 40.6 percent shooting, along with 4.5 assists per game.
Rose’s absence comes at a time when the Bulls are depleted in the backcourt. Reserve guards Kirk Hinrich (left quad) and E’Twaun Moore (right hamstring) both missed Monday’s game as well.
Hoiberg was hopeful that Moore could play Thursday, but Hinrich “still isn’t ready for full activity.”
The Bulls don’t currently have any intention of bringing in free-agent point guards for workouts, Hoiberg said. They’d need to waive a player to add a point guard, as they’re at the 15-player limit.
“I don’t think we’re at that point right now,” Hoiberg said.