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Derrick Rose, Richard Hamilton out vs. Raptors

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Point guard Derrick Rose (groin) and shooting guard Richard Hamilton (shoulder) will not play Saturday night against the Toronto Raptors, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Rose will be missing his sixth consecutive game. Hamilton will be out for the 11th straight game. C.J. Watson will start for Rose. Ronnie Brewer will start for Hamilton.

Though technically ''day-to-day,'' neither Rose nor Hamilton is expected back soon.

Rose has been participating in shooting drills but is just now starting to run again. The next step is ''to be able to complete practice,'' Thibodeau said prior to the game against the Raptors. ''He's doing the shooting. Just step by sep. But we want to make sure he's completely healthy before we move forward.''

Hamilton is making progress in his recovery from a bruised shoulder. ''He's doing more and more. He's doing everything in practice except the contact. Now we're not doing the contact in practice. That'll be the next step for him.''

The Raptors, 16-32, also will be shorthanded. Guard DeMar DeRozan, who scored 30 points in a victory over the Knicks on Friday night, suffered an ankle injury late in the game and is not expected to start. DeRozan, who is averaging 16.5 points per game, was expecting to tie the franchise record for consecutive games played with 131. With Jerryd Bayless also injured, Gary Forbes will start if DeRozan can't play, coach Dwane Casey said.

''Right now it doesn't look like he's going to go,'' Casey said prior to the game. ''He's sore. He came in to work out earlier and just couldn't go. We may have Solo [7-1 center Solomon Alabi] bring the ball up the floor to start our offense. We get one guy healthy and two go down. That's been our m.o. the whole year. But we'll figure out a way.''

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