CHICAGO (AP) The Bulls were without stars Derrick Rose and Luol Deng due to injuries Monday night against the Washington Wizards.
Rose was out with a sore right foot as he missed his 24th game of the season. Deng sat out due to sore right ribs.
Rose injured his foot in Sunday's win at Detroit, when he bounced back from a dismal two-point performance against the Heat on Thursday by scoring 24 points and making a 3 in the final seconds to force overtime. Deng also injured his ribs Sunday.
Rose returned to the lineup on April 8 at New York after missing 12 games because of a strained right groin. In the overtime loss, he sprained his right ankle and missed the following home win against the Knicks on April 10.
Rose returned from the ankle injury in the Bulls' win against the Heat, but it was his one his worst games as a pro. He shot 1 for 13 and was pulled for backup guard C.J. Watson in the final minutes.
Rose has battled a variety of ailments throughout the season, including a turf toe injury and back spasms. Still, the Bulls lead the Eastern Conference and are eyeing a championship run.

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