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Rose's Back Problem Not Structural

Rose was examined Monday by a specialist

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    Derrick Rose affectionately blows a kiss at a family member cheering in the stands just before the start of a game against the New Orleans Hornets March 7, 2011. The Bulls went on to win the game 85-77.

    Derrick Rose does not have a structural problem with his ailing back. 

    Bulls fans and management can celebrate the fact that their superstar point guard, who has missed two games with back spasms, can be treated with therapy and rest -- not surgery. And he may even return soon. 

     

    "When we all feel he feels good enough to play, he'll be back out there," General Manager Gar Forman said. "He could respond overnight. It could be a couple days. When it's muscular, you don't know. But this is positive news."

     

    Rose was examined Monday by a specialist who gave the encouraging news. 

    The league's reigning MVP, Rose is averaging 22.0 points and 7.8 assists, but he's missed seven games because of problems with his back and left big toe. He sat out the past two games at Charlotte and Boston and being limited in the previous two.