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Rose does his best to rally the troops

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--Guard Derrick Rose tried to help the Bulls as much as he could on Tuesday. He attended Game 2 against Philadelphia and hobbled to center court to fire up the fans before tipoff.

It didn't do any good. The Bulls lost to the Sixers without Rose, who is out for the rest of the playoffs after suffering a knee injury late in Game 1 on Saturday.

"He's a great teammate," Kyle Korver said. "He was in here after the game telling us to keep our heads up, and we will."

Rose probably won't travel to Philadelphia this weekend for Games 3 and 4, but coach Tom Thibodeau said he'd like to see Rose around the team as much as possible.

"I told him (at the hospital), this is just a minor setback for a major comeback," teammate John Lucas III said. "He's going to come back stronger than ever. His spirits were good. He told us to go out and do what we did all year, and that's win."

--Thibodeau had a chance to become the first person to win NBA coach of the year twice in a row. He'll have to settle for first- and second-place finishes. Thibodeau won last season but finished second this time to San Antonio's Gregg Popovich. The vote wasn't all that close, as Popovich collected 77 first-place votes and Thibodeau had 27.

"I don't pay any attention to that stuff. I just worry about coaching our team," Thibodeau said. "He (Popovich) did a great job and he deserves it. The thing I really admire about him is I had an opportunity to meet him 20 years ago and he's the same guy today that he was then. So all the success, the championships -- he has not changed one bit. I'm happy for him."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I'm not shocked. I'm a little disappointed and I'm embarrassed we played like that on our home court. Now we've got to get the job done on the road." -- Forward Luol Deng after the Bulls were outscored 62-37 in the second half of Tuesday's Game 2 loss to Philadelphia.

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