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Rose, not Rip, to play against Magic

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ORLANDO, Fla. --- Derrick Rose's bruised left elbow is OK, and even if it wasn't, he wouldn't admit it.

"It's fine," Rose said after Thursday's shootaround at the Amway Center. Then, smiling, he added: "If it was messed up I still wouldn't tell you. It's good."

Rose injured his elbow when he went crashing to the floor late in Wednesday night's win in Detroit. Trainers have been using ice, electronic stimulation and a sleeve to reduce swelling. Rose participated fully in the shootaround and is determined to play when the 5-2 Magic host the 6-1 Bulls on ESPN tonight.

"It's coming a long," Rose said. "Hopefully, tonight I'll get treatment on it and it will be fine. "

While Rose acknowledged he wouldn't fully disclose the nature of his injury, he did let it slip that Rip Hamilton won't play tonight, even tough coach Tom Thibodeau said Hamilton's availability will be a game-time decision.

Hamilton injured his left groin against the Clippers on Dec. 30 and missed two games before returning to compete against his former Pistons teammates on Wednesday night. He re-injured his groin in that game.

"It's going to hurt us when you lose a player like that but we're ready for anything," Rose said when asked about Hamilton. "We've got other guys on the team ready to step in and play. We'll definitely miss him tonight."

Hamilton said there was going to allow himself to be sidelined in Detroit, where he played for nine seasons and won an NBA title in 2004.

"When I went back to Detroit there was no way I was going to sit out that game," Hamilton said. "The adrenaline alone was like, 'You're good. It's OK.' I don't care who would tell me how hurt I was. I was playing regardless.

"It pulled during the game. I wrapped it up during the game and stuff like that. Yesterday it was bothering me."

C.J. Watson is accompanying the team on the trip but is also not ready to return after spraining his left elbow in the home opener against Memphis. John Lucas III took over as the backup point guard against the Pistons and had six points on two 3-point attempts and one assist in eight minutes, 18 seconds. Ronnie Brewer could also play the point in a pinch.

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