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End of game gives Rose a headache
By Mike McGraw | Daily Herald Staff

Tyrus Thomas celebrates as the Bulls score in the final seconds to defeat the Pistons.


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Published: 2/10/2009 11:41 PM

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Derrick Rose took a shoulder to the chin from Detroit power forward Antonio McDyess in the final seconds of Tuesday's wild comeback victory.

He left the court in obvious discomfort, but Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro was encouraged after talking to Rose in the locker room.

"He has a little bit of a headache," Del Negro said. "His neck's bothering him a little bit. But I think he'll be fine. They're going to check him out, but I just talked to him and he seemed fine. Just a little shaken up, that's all."

Rose was instrumental in the Bulls' game-ending 17-2 run. He hit a jumper and a driving bank shot to bring the home team within 102-101 with 46.1 seconds left.

On the other end, Detroit's Rasheed Wallace tossed up a wild 3-point airball off an errant pass. It appeared Wallace thought the shot clock was about to expire, but it actually read 14 seconds.

Down by 1, Rose drove the lane and had his shot blocked by Wallace. Rose caught the rebound under the basket and was savvy enough to find Ben Gordon alone in the corner.

Gordon knocked down a 3-point shot while getting fouled by Rodney Stuckey and the 4-point play sent the Bulls ahead 105-102 with 16.7 seconds left. Detroit turned it over, and the Bulls (23-29) iced the victory.

"It wasn't looking good there for a long time, and I'm very happy with the way the guys battled," Del Negro said. "We'll take it."

Rose hit 10 of 15 shots for 23 points. Gordon scored 24, while the Bulls' big men had huge games. Tyrus Thomas finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals, while Joakim Noah had 12 points and 16 boards.

Richard Hamilton scored 30 off the bench for the Pistons (27-23), who played without Allen Iverson (illness).

Gooden waits a week: Bulls forward Drew Gooden missed his 10th game Tuesday with groin and abdominal strains, but he has a plan for getting back on the court.

He will wait until after the all-star break, then return to practice next week and see if he feels OK or experiences evidence of a sports hernia.

"If I play and it gets worse - I go back to square one after two or three games, because that's what sports hernias do - then I'm going to have to have surgery," Gooden said. "They said if it's a true sports hernia I won't be able to play longer than two, three games without it coming back."

Great Kerr memories: Dolph Schayes, a longtime teammate of Johnny "Red" Kerr with the Syracuse Nationals, offered some of the strongest words during Tuesday's tribute.

Schayes declared that in the NBA of the 1950s and early 60s, Bill Russell was the best center, Wilt Chamberlain was No. 2 and Kerr was No. 3.

"In my mind, he was the finest high-post center in the history of the NBA," Schayes said.

Longtime Bulls broadcaster Jim Durham pointed out that Kerr was front and center for two of the most legendary plays in NBA history - "Havlicek stole the ball," as a player for the Philadelphia 76ers, and "Shot on Ehlo - good!" calling Jordan's famous playoff-winning shot against Cleveland on radio.