Bulls star Rose held out again with toe injury 

It's getting awfully crowded in the Chicago Bulls' training room.

Derrick Rose sat out Saturday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, the fourth straight game the NBA's reigning MVP has missed because of a sprained left big toe.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose "keeps getting better" and the team is "encouraged by that."

Starting center Joakim Noah was a late scratch after rolling his left ankle in a win at Cleveland on Friday. Before the game, Thibodeau said Noah was "fine," but Omer Asik ended up taking his place in the starting lineup.

Also out for Chicago were forward Taj Gibson (left ankle sprain) and guard John Lucas III (left groin strain). Gibson, injured at Cleveland on Friday, was in a walking boot before the game and said he's treating the sprain with ice. Rose, Gibson and Lucas are day-to-day, while Noah's status was unknown.

The Bulls remain cautious with Rose, who is averaging 20.8 points and 8.7 assists this season, though Thibodeau said it ultimately will be the player's decision as to when he can return.

"Only Derrick knows how he feels," Thibodeau said. "When he says he can go, he'll go."

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