Rose out vs. Heat with strained groin

Bulls star Derrick Rose missed Wednesday’s game against the
Miami Heat because of a strained groin, leaving Chicago without its
best player for a matchup between the Eastern Conference’s best
teams.

Coach Tom Thibodeau says he’s day-to-day.

With Rose out, C.J. Watson returned from a sprained left ankle
and started at point guard. Meanwhile, All-Star forward Luol Deng
was back in the lineup after missing two games because of pain in
his injured left wrist.

For Rose, the past few days have been difficult. He has also
been limited by back and toe problems this season and missed his
11th game on Wednesday. A day earlier, he was fined $25,000 by the
league for criticizing officiating and was involved in a minor car
accident, although he was not injured.