Derrick Rose will not play Tuesday night against the Knicks due to a right ankle injury.
He was running hard, cutting and shooting during warmups but the team decided shortly before tipoff to make him inactive.
Mike Woodson and the rest of the Knicks have stressed all day that nothing will change from their perspective if Rose sits.
"The Bulls have played well with Rose and they've played well without him," Woodson said before Rose's status was known.
Chicago is 15-7 in games that Rose has missed.
The reigning MVP most recently missed 12 games with a groin injury, returning Sunday at the Garden. He finished the game 8-for-26 and missed two free throws with under 30 seconds to play which would have helped Chicago seal the win. Instead, Carmelo Anthony tied the game with a late three and the Knicks won in overtime.
With or without Rose, Woodson believes Chicago will be motivated to get a win against New York (29-27) after what happened on Sunday.
"It's not going to be an easy ball game for our team," the Knicks interim coach said. "I'm anxious to see how we step out and play."
WOODY THINKS TYSON DESERVES DEFENSIVE P.O.Y. CONSIDERATION: Woodson's had a front-row seat for Tyson Chandler's first season as a Knick. He's watched as Chandler changed the Knicks from a mediocre defensive club to a respectable one.
Last season, New York ranked 22nd in defensive efficiency, a measure of points allowed per 100 possessions. This season, the Knicks rank fifth in measure.
"Tyson's been great all year for our ball club," Woodson said. "[He] should probably be considered for best defensive player in the league because he's been phenomenal for us."
J.R. OR LANDRY? Woodson stuck with J.R. Smith in crunch time on Sunday despite his struggles from the floor (6-for-22). Smith hit two big shots in overtime but overall, he didn't give the Knicks what they were looking for on offense. Landry Fields had a strong first half but didn't see much of the floor.
Here is Woodson explaining his thought process in going with Smith over Fields:
"A lot of it is whose playing the best," he said. "There's times they could possibly be in there together. And (Iman Shumpert) at the point or Baron (Davis) at the point and (Carmelo Anthony) still at the 4. It's really who still has got it going. I need them both because they both are defending. JR might be a little bit better scorer than Landry. A lot of times you need that offense coming down the stretch run."
JORDAN DOWN: Jerome Jordan is expected to be in the D-League through the Erie BayHawks' postseason. The Bayhawks are currently matched up against Austin in the playoffs.
"He needs to play," Woodson said. "We can't give him time here and that's the only way he's going to feel good about being a player in this league."