Back strain sidelines Bulls' Rose against Bobcats


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose did not start Friday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats due to a lower back strain and is not expected to play.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said about an hour before tipoff that he'd make a game-time decision on Rose after the reigning MVP injured his back earlier in the week. Rose was not on the bench at the start of the game against the NBA-worst Bobcats.

C.J. Watson started in place of Rose, who is averaging 22.0 points.