Rip Hamilton out vs. Pistons

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls guards Rip Hamilton and C.J. Watson sat out for Monday night's 92-68 win against the Detroit Pistons.

Hamilton had missed the last two games and four of the last five with a groin injury. The one game he did play in was on Jan. 4, against the Pistons, his former team.

"It's basically the same," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game. "Rip's feeling better, but not quite ready. And same with C.J.

"C.J.'s moving along pretty well right now."

Watson dislocated his left elbow on Jan. 1 and had missed the last four games. Thibodeau didn't want to put a target date on Watson's return.

"I hate to say target because it's basically day to day," Thibodeau said. "His injury, he's doing more and more so it's more of a pain tolerance thing right now ... the difficult thing with both he and Rip is we're not practicing. Our team is not practicing so you can't really see (if they) can make it through a practice first.

"You have to wait to make sure they're doing the rehab. They try to stay on top of their conditioning, whether in the pool or on a bike. Whatever it is. And then you're making those decisions, but C.J. is doing well. Rip is feeling better today, so we'll just see how it goes."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.