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Shoulder injury will keep Rip Hamilton out for a while

Updated: April 10, 2012 11:32AM

MILWAUKEE — Coach Tom Thibodeau said guard Rip Hamilton is ‘‘day-to-day’’ with a sprained and bruised right shoulder. But Hamilton sounded like ‘‘out indefinitely’’ would be a more precise diagnosis. It doesn’t appear he’ll be back soon.

‘‘I’m just trying to lift my arm up,’’ said Hamilton, whose right arm was in a sling before the game Wednesday against the Bucks at the Bradley Center. ‘‘It’s going to be … I know ain’t no miracle going to happen tomorrow or anything like that. Just trying to get the swelling down, trying to get my range of motion back. It’s going to be a minute.’’

Hamilton suffered the injury when he collided with Pacers 7-footer Roy Hibbert in the opening moments of the Bulls’ 92-72 victory Monday over the Pacers at the United Center.

‘‘It’s sore; it still hurts,’’ Hamilton said. ‘‘When I first did it, I felt the pop. When I ran down the court, I could still move my hands, so I knew it wasn’t broken. But I was in a lot of pain just trying to lift my arm up.’’

Hamilton, 34, referred to the shoulder as a ‘‘freak’’ injury, but it’s the third time he has been injured this season. He also has missed time with groin and leg issues. He has yet to play more than five consecutive games.

‘‘It’s crazy,’’ he said. ‘‘Sometimes you say, ‘Why [me]?’ But that’s the part of the game you have to deal with. It comes with the territory. It’s just tough for me because I’ve never been like this my whole career. Especially one minute and 20 seconds into the game. All these little freak things. It’s crazy.’’

Watson still out

Backup point guard C.J. Watson missed his second consecutive game with a sprained ankle. Watson, who was wearing a walking boot before the shootaround Wednesday morning, said he regretted his decision to return in the second half Sunday against the 76ers after suffering the injury late in the first half.

Noah’s on fire

Joakim Noah came into the game against the Bucks averaging 14.2 rebounds and 9.9 points in his last seven games, including 18 rebounds against the 76ers and 17 against the Pacers. Noah is eighth in the NBA in rebounding, averaging 10.4 per game. He’s averaging 9.6 points, shooting 50 percent from the field.

Noah had 20 points and 10 rebounds against Milwaukee.

‘‘He’s playing like a man-child,’’ Carlos Boozer said.

Beating the Heat

The Bucks are 15-24, but they’re the only team to beat the Miami Heat twice. They won 91-82 on Jan. 22 in Miami when Dwyane Wade was out with an injury. They won 105-97 with the Big Three intact, overcoming a 40-23 deficit after the first quarter.

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