There would be no Willis Reed-like inspirational moment for the Chicago Bulls, as their star point guard, Derrick Rose, continued to wear a stylish business suit instead of his No. 1 red jersey for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night.

Despite all the posturing, debating and decoying over whether Rose could, should or would return to action, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau didn't pull his ace out of his sleeve in a last-ditch effort to save his team's season.

"You didn't know and we didn't know,'' Thibodeau said before tip-off at a white-drenched AmericanAirlines Arena. "He didn't know. He heeded [managing partner Jerry Reinsdorf's] advice from the beginning. It was too important a decision to rush.

"Until he's completely comfortable we don't want him out there. We knew this was a possibility. That's fine. You deal with it as best you can. We want him to continue to work as he has been working and we want him completely healthy."

Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, hasn't played since April 28, 2012, when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the first game of Chicago's first-round playoff series against the underdog 76ers. Philadelphia won in six games.