CHICAGO - 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 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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