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No substitute for No. 1

4/3/2012

CHICAGO -- Two streaks ended Monday night at the United Center.

Richard Hamilton's (I've lost count of the games) streak of "DNP-Gametime Decision" ended when he actually appeared in the starting lineup for the first time since the Pacers game on March 5.

Luckily, announcer Tommy Edwards remembered his name and didn't call him Alexander Hamilton or Rip Van Winkle.

Despite Hamilton's fairly successful 20-minute guest appearance, the Chicago Bulls' streak of 86 games without consecutive losses, the second-longest in NBA history, ended when the Houston Rockets won, 99-93.

While it was good to see Hamilton play, the streak that really needs to end is Derrick Rose's 11 straight absences. John Lucas and C.J. Watson are capable backups, but this team needs Rose, and fast.

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