Richard Hamilton out vs. 76ers

Updated: February 28, 2013, 8:24 PM ET
By Nick Friedell |

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton was a late scratch for Thursday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of lower back spasms.

Marco Belinelli started in place of Hamilton, who missed about a month earlier this season because of a torn fascia in his foot.

He has played in 45 games this season, averaging 10.2 points and 2.4 assists a game.

Hamilton's injury is just the latest in a series of setbacks with Taj Gibson (sprained MCL) and Derrick Rose (torn ACL) both out as well.

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