The Bulls can overcome the loss of Derrick Rose a lot more easily when Carlos Boozer and C.J. Watson shoot like they did against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

But even after Boozer scored 31 points on 14-for-21 shooting and Watson added 23 on 8-for-12 shooting in a 118-97 victory at the United Center, the Bulls know their fate hinges more on the healing powers of their irrepressible MVP than the hot-and-cold shooting touch of any member of his supporting cast.

Rose missed his second consecutive game and third in the last five with a sprained big toe on his left foot that appears to need rest in a season that won't provide much. The Bulls (13-3) played their 16th game in the first 24 days of the season. And even when the frenetic pace eases up, it still will tax the health of Rose and everybody else.