While the NBA-best Chicago Bulls faced little difficulty in extending their winning steak last time out, they again may have lost a key component for the foreseeable future.
With Richard Hamilton's status uncertain, the surging Bulls visit the Bradley Center seeking a second consecutive season sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Hamilton has appeared in just 16 games due to a slew of injuries and suffered another one during Monday's 92-72 rout of Indiana. The veteran swingman exited in the opening minutes with a right shoulder injury after running into a screen set by Pacers center Roy Hibbert.
Hamilton has averaged just 5.0 points while appearing in five games during Chicago's season-high seven-game winning streak. What could prove to be his third lengthy absence, however, creates further uncertainty as to how much the Bulls (32-8) can expect from him come playoff time.
"We hope that Rip's not too hurt," Joakim Noah, who pulled down 17 rebounds, told the team's off...