Derrick Rose to sit against Bobcats Friday

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This is the smart thing to do.

The Chicago Bulls need Derrick Rose — but they need him more Sunday against Boston and going forward as we crawl toward the playoffs the playoffs than they do Friday against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats.

Rose is out Friday night, reports CSNChicago.com. C.J. Watson gets the start in his place.

This is exactly what the Bulls should do — Charlotte is a team they can beat without Rose. But regardless, as you have seen veteran coaches like Gregg Popovich do in the past, resting players now to keep them fresh as we get deeper into the season and start thinking playoffs matters more than a regular season win.

You can bet Rose will be back Sunday for Boston.