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Derrick Rose will NOT play today

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --- Derrick Rose re-aggravated his sprained left big toe and will not play against the Grizzlies today.

John Lucas III will start at point guard. C.J. Watson will also play his first game since injuring his elbow in the home opener against this same Memphis team.

"I'm very surprised," Rose said. "It's kind of irritating. You want it to go away but it always finds its way back."

Rose tried to make his injured toe sound like a nonstory before Saturday night's win over Toronto. That it will cause him to miss a game in Memphis, where he played collegiately for one season, is even more bothersome.

"I'm only going to be here one time," Rose said. "For me to be hurt almost every time I come here is messed up."

Rose said the issue is not only pain tolerance but also mobility. The sprained big toe impairs his ability to push off and change direction. When asked it would make sense to miss a game or two to let the toe fully heal, he was noncommittal.

"You know the way I am," Rose said. "I've got that old school mentality where I don't want to miss a game. It hurts missing games."

Rip Hamilton (groin) has been ruled out of today's game. While coach Tom Thibodeau said C.J. Watson could possibly play today, Watson said he isn't likely to play until later in the week.

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