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Rose questionable for tonight with stiff neck

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DENVER -- Derrick Rose is battling a stiff neck and is questionable for tonight's game with the Denver Nuggets.

Rose said he will spend the day getting treatment and a massage, but if his neck doesn't loose up the chances of him playing would appear to be remote.

"I can't look a certain way without turning my body," Rose said before the Bulls' shootaround at the Pepsi Center. "It's kind of irritating. It's like my first real neck injury in a long time. I think my last one was in high school."

Rose said his neck starting bothering him a little before Wednesday night's game in Phoenix, but he didn't think much of it. However, after playing 50 minutes in the Bulls' double-overtime win, Rose said his neck stiffened up after the game.

It was so bad Rose said he left the team's Thanksgiving dinner early on Thursday. He arrived at the Pepsi Center with a heating pad on his neck.

"You know when you're about to get a neck cramp, you can just feel it a little bit," Rose said. "It just tightened up after the game. Every since then, it's been tight."

If Rose can't play, coach Tom Thibodeau said C.J. Watson will start at point guard. The Bulls will treat Rose and hope the situation improves.

"We'll see how it goes during the day if he can go tonight," Thibodeau said. "We'll take a look at it tonight."

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