Rip Hamilton, Luol Deng out vs. Wizards
WASHINGTON -- The Chicago Bulls were without Luol Deng (wrist) and Richard Hamilton (groin, thigh) while C.J. Watson, who was a game-time decision, played in the team's 98-88 win against the Washington Wizards on Monday.
Hamilton said he re-aggravated his groin and thigh bruise injuries during Sunday's loss to the Miami Heat.
"The first quarter I felt pretty good," Hamilton said on Sunday. "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 injuries, joined Deng on the shelf. Deng was seen running, dribbling and shooting before Sunday's game but did not play. He has missed the past four games after tearing a ligament in his left wrist.
Watson was a surprise scratch from Sunday's game with a wrist injury. He missed nine games earlier this season with a dislocated elbow.
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.