Richard Hamilton Could Be Close to Returning to the Chicago Bulls

Nov.. 18, 2011; Portland, OR, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Richard Hamilton (32) goes after a loose ball during the first quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

After Chicago was demolished by the Houston Rockets on Christmas day, many wondered if the Bulls had enough firepower to maintain playoff position until their star Derrick Rose returned from injury.

The Bulls are close to having one of their top scorers back in action as  head coach Tom Thibodeau hinted to the return of Richard Hamilton when he was asked if  his starting shooting guard could return on Saturday versus the Washington Wizards.

“We’re just going to day-to-day. When he’s ready to go, he’ll go. He’s doing a lot more,” Thibodeau told the Chicago Tribune.

Hamilton has been out for almost four weeks due to torn plantar fascia in his left foot.

The Bulls take pride on the defensive end, but Hamilton’s 13.9 points per game will help the 15-12 ball club which sometimes struggles to find points offensively.

Chicago is  6-1 on the road versus  Eastern Conference teams and they face the Indiana Pacers tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The Bulls are currently fifth in the East, and after they face  the Pacers their next three games are against teams with a sub .500 record.

When Hamilton comes back from injury, will Chicago continue to exceed expectations as they continue to wait on Rose, or did the 120-97 loss to Houston show who the Bulls really are?

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