Rip Hamilton, who left the Chicago Bulls' 93-88 win over the Philadelphia 76ers with what was initially diagnosed as a foot sprain, tore the plantar fascia in his left foot and will be out for a minimum of a week.
It's theoretically possible that Rip could only miss a week, but that seems unlikely, especially with his previous injury history. Alan Anderson of the Toronto Raptors missed four weeks with the same injury.
In the meantime, Jimmy Butler and Marco Belinelli will have to shoulder the burden of Hamilton's minutes. If you're a regular reader and/or a Twitter follower of the site, you know that we here at Bulls 101 are very, very fond of Jimmy Butler. However, Belinelli seems the likelier candidate to start in Rip's place. He's better offensively, for one, and Jimmy is really the only player on the roster besides Luol Deng who can play the three with any degree of success. But given Tom Thibodeau's love of defense, it wouldn't be surprising to see Butler start. We already know that Thibs trusts Butler more, offense or no offense, at least of late, and Belinelli is mildly awful on defense.
Check back on Monday or Tuesday before the Bulls take on the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night. Hopefully we'll have something concrete by then.Tags: Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Jimmy Butler, Marco Belinelli, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Rip Hamilton, Tom Thibodeau