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Hamilton, Deng out vs. Sixers; Korver starting

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Guard Richard Hamilton (sore left leg) and forward Luol Deng (left wrist) will not play against the 76ers tonight. Kyle Korver will start for Deng at small forward, with Ronnie Brewer in Hamilton's shooting guard spot.

''[Korver's] done a great job, as has Ronnie,'' coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game. ''I think they play well together and Kyle's really worked at his defense. The shooting part is the obvious. That's why he's here. But he's really come a long way. He's put a lot of work into it. He's playing a complete game.''

Thibodeau said earlier Wednesday that he will wait until Hamilton is completely healthy before playing him again. Hamilton has not played more than six consecutive games without missing time for an injury this season.

''I'm concerned about him with this thing becoming reoccurring,'' Thibodeau said. ''I want to make sure this time that he's completely healthy. I think a guy like that, you gotta be careful with, so that's what we're going to do.''

Hamilton said the injury is not any better than it was just after he suffered his latest injury against the Wizards on Sunday. But it's not any worse.

''It's the same,'' he said. ''It ain't worse since after the last game, because once the next day comes and the adrenalin comes down it's worse than what it was when you were playing. It's tough right now.''

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