POSTED: Dec 5, 2013 8:39 PM ET
UPDATED: Dec 5, 2013 8:42 PM ET
• Miami's Dwyane Wade will not play against the Bulls Thursday. He remained at the team hotel in Chicago suffering from flu-like symptoms. The Heat will also be without backup forward Chris Andersen, who is excused for personal reasons and will return with the team Friday. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said he expected his team to be ready to play with a different lineup than usual. "We have done it before. The guys are used to it. I'm still going through the lineup. I have been thinking about it all afternoon. I just want to make sure."
• At his early afternoon news conference at the United Center, Bulls guard Derrick Rose left open the possibility he could play in the playoffs if the Bulls make it to the post-season. That flies in the face of the team's declaration that Rose is out for the rest of the season with his right knee injury. "To me, he is out for the season,'' coach Tom Thibodeau said. "If something changes along the way ... we want him to be completely healthy before we move forward."
• Forward Zach Randolph will start for the Grizzlies tonight. Randolph, who missed the last two games after having an ingrown toenail removed Saturday, tested his foot out in pregame warmups and decided he could play. However, guard Tony Allen will not play tonight. Allen is experiencing soreness after being hit in the right hip in Tuesday's win over Phoenix.
• Despite struggling in his first two starts of the season as a replacement for guard J.J. Redick (fractured right hand), Willie Green will remain in the starting lineup for the Clippers, coach Doc Rivers said. Green scored two points in 15 minutes in his first start against Indiana Sunday, before scoring nine against Atlanta Wednesday night. "He's been sitting a long time," Rivers said. "He hasn't played any minutes and then all of a sudden you're thrown in as a starter. I think it's really difficult to go from zero minutes to starting. We've just got to make some more adjustments with him. We'll figure it out."