Richard Hamilton will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s matchup against the Miami Heat.
The veteran guard participated in the Bulls practice on Saturday but only did a little bit of shooting.
Hamilton was a late scratch from Friday night’s 107-100 win over the Milwaukee Bucks due to a sore right thigh in which he aggravated in Wednesday’s night game against the Indiana Pacers.
“He’s day-to-day, said Thibodeau. “He’s a little better than he was yesterday.”
In an interview with Bulls.com Friday before tipoff against Milwaukee, Luol Deng shot down talks of him targeting Sunday’s game since tearing a ligament in his left wrist last Saturday against the Charlotte Bobcats.
In the interview, the small forward said he was still “a week or more” away from returning but he had begun to pick up his activity this week and Thibodeau didn’t rule out the possibility of him playing on Sunday.
“He did more today than he’s ever done so he’s feeling better but he’s still not practicing yet,” said Thibodeau about Deng. “He’s doing a lot of individual work and a lot of therapy but he’s getting closer.
“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.” he continued. “He’s feeling better and hopefully he’s feeling better tomorrow.”
Potentially looking at going against arguably the two best player’s at their respected positions in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade without Deng and Hamilton, Ronnie Brewer is sure to see his share of minutes covering both.
“You have to prepare the same way for them,” said Brewer. “They’re talented guys who can score a lot of points in a short amount of time. You have to try to take their space away, be physical with them, contest every shot and you can’t let them get easy baskets. You have to make it hard every possession and on offense, you have to make them move and guard you.
“Either way you look at it, it’s a difficult task.”
The Bulls will travel to Miami this evening and will embark on a nine-game road trip.
The Bulls announced today that they have waived veteran guard Mike James.
James was signed on Jan. 11 and appeared in only three games with the team, averaging 4 points, 3.7 assists and 1 rebound in 8.4 minutes.
With the releasing of James, the Bulls roster now stands at 13.