CHICAGO (AP) -- Bulls guard Derrick Rose was held out of the starting lineup for Chicago's game against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night because of a sprained left big toe.
Rose has now missed three of Chicago's last five games because of the injury, suffered last Tuesday at Minnesota.
"It was a collective decision," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We gathered the information, looked at where we were in the schedule and we decided it was in the best interest of everyone to have him sit this one out."
Chicago, playing its league-high 16th game in the season's 24 days, is off the next two days, giving Rose five days of rest since he played Saturday against Toronto.
Rose, the NBA's reigning MVP, was replaced by C.J. Watson in the starting lineup.