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Status quo for C.J. Watson, Rip Hamilton

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Rip Hamilton is still day to day with a groin injury. Not much more is known about C.J. Watson's sprained left elbow, either.

Watson sprained his elbow diving for a loose ball in Sunday night's rout of the Grizzlies. The injury looked serious when viewed in slow motion but after medical personnel evaluated it they diagnosed a sprain. Watson was to undergo a MRI today. Results of that test were not available when coach Tom Thibodeau addressed the media after practice at the Berto Center on Monday afternoon.

Thibodeau said he didn't think Watson would be able to play against the Hawks on Tuesday night at the United Center.

"The swellings is not too bad but he's visiting the doctor right now," Thibodeau said. "It will be day to day basically. It's his left elbow so we'll go from there."

John Lucas III will moved up to the backup point guard if Watson is unable to play. Ronnie Brewer could also play some point guard depending on the game situation.

"He's been around for a while," Thibodeau said of Lucas. "He played two years in Houston and he's played overseas. So we have a lot of confidence in him. He can shoot the ball, he can run the team. So, that's the way it is. If one guy gets hurt the next man has to step up."

Hamilton said he injured his groin late in the third quarter against the Clippers and was a late scratch for Sunday night's home opener. He received treatment Monday and although he didn't practice, he put up a lot of shots after practice.

"It's a little better today than it was yesterday or the day before," Hamilton said. "That's a good sign."

When it was jokingly suggested that the Bulls struggled without him in their 104-64 win over the Grizzlies, Hamilton said: "It made me feel a lot better internally because you want to be out there with your teammates," he said. "For them to show up the way they did last night was an awesome feeling."

Thibodeau and Hamilton said they were unsure whether Hamilton would be able to play against the Hawks on Tuesday night at the United Center.

"That will be game time," Thibodeau said. "We'll see how it is in the shoot around and right before the game."

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