Rip Hamilton iffy for game vs. Wizards

Updated: January 30, 2012, 9:41 AM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

MIAMI -- Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton said he re-aggravated his groin and thigh bruise injuries during Sunday afternoon's 97-93 loss to the Miami Heat. He did not sound particularly optimistic about playing Monday night against the Washington Wizards.

"The first quarter I felt pretty good," Hamilton said. "As the game went on, I felt like I was playing on one leg. It was tough. It was hard. But it was kind of like a playoff atmosphere, you just try to will yourself through the game. I'm just disappointed we didn't get the win."

Hamilton, who has already missed 11 games this season because of the injuries, was non-committal about his status for Monday.

"I'll see," Hamilton said. "It's tough. I'm frustrated with it because at times your mind tells you one thing and your body is telling you something else. So it's frustrating."

When asked if it was the thigh and groin that was bothering him, Hamilton was blunt.

"Man, it feels like the whole left side of my leg to tell you the truth," he said. "But it is what it is. That's the game for you. You try to figure out a way to get through it and help your team."

Luol Deng (wrist) and C.J. Watson (wrist) missed Sunday's game. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that both were day to day.

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

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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