Rip Hamilton suspended one game

Updated: April 14, 2013, 12:41 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

MIAMI -- Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton has been suspended for Sunday's game against the Miami Heat after receiving a flagrant-2 foul in Friday night's loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Hamilton was ejected with 5:33 left in the third quarter after elbowing the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan in the face. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was frustrated that the veteran lost his composure, given that the Bulls were already playing without Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson because of various injuries.

"It was a tough call because I thought there was a lot of grabbing and holding on the play from the start of that play," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday. "So the league makes those decisions and there's not much you can do about it. I thought it was a tough call, went against him, that's all you can say ... I was surprised but that's what happens."

This will be the 31st game Hamilton has missed this season. He returned last Thursday after missing about six weeks because of a lower-back injury.

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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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