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Richard Hamilton Injury: Rip Joins Luol Deng On Bench Vs. Wizards

Richard Hamilton will rest an injury to his groin and thigh on Monday night vs. the Wizards. Rip will stick to the bench along with fellow wing Luol Deng, who has missed the Bulls past four games with a wrist injury.

Hamilton aggravated the injury in a Sunday afternoon loss to the Miami Heat. The Bulls starters will be guard Derrick Rose, guard Ronnie Brewer, forward Kyle Korver, forward Carlos Boozer and center Joakim Noah.

With C.J. Watson a game-time decision, according to Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls could once again be lacking depth in the backcourt.

Of course, that wasn't an issue the last time a depleted Chicago faced the Wizards this season. On Jan. 11, John Lucas started in place of Derrick Rose and put up 28 shots en route to 25 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the Bulls to a 78-64 win in Chicago.

The Bulls have Derrick Rose back in the lineup tonight coming off a pair of critical missed free throws in that loss to Miami. In other words, tonight could be a decent chance to get Hamilton a rest.

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