The Bulls completed a light practice Saturday afternoon before embarking on a three-game Western Conference road trip a few hours later.
Richard Hamilton won’t travel with the team, still recovering from a bout of back spasms that has forced him to miss the past six games already. There is no timetable for his return but it seems that the medical staff is letting him fully recover, rather than risk a chance of further complicating him returning to the lineup.
Kirk Hinrich, who is dealing with a sore right foot and Taj Gibson, recovering from a sprained MCL in his left knee are “day-to-day,” coach Tom Thibodeau announced.
Their first opponent on the road trip will be the Los Angeles Lakers, who have won seven out of their last nine and fighting for the playoff lives.
“Their last 20 games, they’ve played very well,” Thibodeau said. “They’ve gotten healthy; they’ve gotten comfortable, shooting the ball well. [Dwight] Howard’s gotten a lot better, Kobe [Bryant], so they keep a lot of pressure on you. Very good pick-and-roll team, they’ve been shooting the three great. So we’ve got to take care of the ball, the paint, react out, cover the line and then we’ve got to rebound.”