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Knicks face Bulls without Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls looks

Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls looks on from the bench against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena. (March 28, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Derrick Rose injured his right ankle in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Knicks and will not play in tonight’s rematch.

That would seem to be a big break for the Knicks, but the Bulls have been very effective without their best player and reigning MVP.

The Bulls are 15-7 this season with Rose unable to play.

“The Bulls have played well with Rose and they have played well without him," Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson said. "We're playing to stay in the playoff hunt. We still got a lot of basketball that's got to be played on our behalf to secure a spot so this is a very important game for ball club.”

The Knicks began the night tied with the 76ers for seventh in the Eastern Conference and 1 ½ games up on the ninth-place Bucks. The Knicks are in Milwaukee tonight in what should be a playoff-type of game.

If the Bucks win, they would take the season series 3-1 and thus the tiebreaker. If they wind up 2-2, the second tiebreaker is conference record. The Knicks were 22-18 before the Chicago game and the Bucks are 21-17.

The Knicks beat the Bulls in overtime Sunday on Carmelo Anthony’s game-winning three-pointer with 8.2 seconds left. Anthony finished with a season-high 43 points.

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