WASHINGTON—While the entire roster made it to the nation’s capital for Tuesday night’s game against the Wizards—veteran shooting guard Rip Hamilton traveled for the second consecutive road game—the Bulls will again be without the services of the injured quartet of Hamilton, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Marco Belinelli.
“It’s the same,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said before the team’s morning shootaround at the Verizon Center. “Everything’s game time tonight.”
There are no timetables for Rose and Hamilton, who is suffering from a bulging disk in his back, and the same appears to be true for Noah and Belinelli.
“They’re both better, but they both have the type of injury where you don’t want it to linger,” Thibodeau explained. “Plus, where we are in the season, too. Winding down right now, so just want to make sure we’re completely healthy.”
Belinelli has missed the team’s last four contests with an abdominal strain.
“[Monday] morning, I tried to run a little bit,” he said. “I can still feel a little bit of pain, so I think that every day is better, but we will see day by day. That’s the best decision.
“It’s terrible,” Belinelli continued. “Especially with my injury, you can’t do a lot because I’ve got a little bit of pain when I shoot the ball.”
The shooting guard, who has thrived when starting in place of Hamilton, is unlikely to play against Washington.
“I don’t think so because I still have a little bit of pain,” he said. “The most important thing is that every day is better, so with that kind of injury, we need to be smart.”
The same goes for Noah, who has missed the Bulls’ last five games with a bout of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
“No, not yet. But soon,” the All-Star center said. “Probably in the next couple of games, I’ll try to come back.
“I feel better. My foot’s getting there, so just taking it slow and just trying to get back, trying to get to 100 percent,” he continued. “Just being healthy. Just being able to run, being able to do everything that I can do. Not be hurt and be healthy for this final stretch.”