Bulls Injury Update: Richard Hamilton Has Torn Plantar Fascia

Bulls guard Richard Hamilton went down with a foot injury during the Sixers win on Saturday night. After getting an MRI, the Bulls received one of the better news one could get when talking about injuries. An injury to a plantar fascia could lead to months of recovery, but a tear could mean a comeback within a few weeks. Sam Smith of Bulls.com explains the process.
Plantar fasciitis, the painful inflammation on the bottom of the foot, can last months. At times, treatment will include a tear so the healing can begin more quickly. Thus, this is not generally considered as serious an injury and Hamilton could play again in a week or two.
So this is good news for Bulls fans. James Johnson, also on the Bulls, suffered a similar injury was out for a mere week.

Richard Hamilton comments on his injury in the same post.
“I was able to put a little weight on it, so I could go back in the game,” Hamilton said. “It wasn’t 100 percent or anything like that, but I felt I could help the team. When I jumped up, as soon as I came up I felt something pop in the bottom of my foot. Yeah (it scared me). The simple fact no one was around. They always say the worst injuries are when nobody is around and you don’t fall down. When it happened it scared me. I felt I did not want to put pressure on it, but it was not a whole lot of pain. He (Thibodeau) did not want to put me back at first. But I’m like, ‘I’m good, I’m good.’ I won’t know what it is until I get an MRI. We’ll see (Sunday).”
In his 14th season, Hamilton is averaging 13.9 points per game on 45.5% shooting. He is also scoring 93.0% of his free throws, which despite it being early on in the season would be a career-high. The increased offensive load for Hamilton is likely due to the absence of Derrick Rose, the primary ball-handler and scorer for the Chicago Bulls team. With Hamilton now out, Marco Belinelli will be asked to play a bigger role for the Bulls and they hope he can show up and be productive with his increased minutes.

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