C.J. Watson has dislocated elbow

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chicago Bulls point guard C.J. Watson revealed that the left elbow injury he suffered during Sunday night's win over the Memphis Grizzlies was actually a dislocation. The elbow popped back into place and he is still unsure of when he will be able to return back to the floor.

"I tried to plant myself from the fall and [the elbow] popped out and then it popped back into place when I felt the pain and bent it a little bit," Watson said before Wednesday night's game against the Detroit Pistons. "After that, I guess it's just time to see how long it takes. No real timetable, just day by day and see how it feels."

The Bulls are already short-handed at guard with Rip Hamilton missing the last two games with a sore groin. But he was back in the starting lineup against the Pistons.

Watson, who is still wearing a sling on the arm, said it all depends on how much pain he will be able to withstand.

"It's like day to day, a week," he said. "Not really exactly sure, just depending on the pain threshold, and how fast my elbow heals and how much I'm able to move it and stuff like that."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau agreed with that assessment.

"[He's] a little better, but he's still not ready," Thibodeau said. "He is tough. He's anxious to get back."

Thibodeau acknowledged that he pushed for Watson to travel with the team on their current three-game road trip.

"He's such a big part of the team," Thibodeau said. "I like having him around. And I think it's important for him mentally to be on top of everything that we're doing."

For Watson, still being able to be with his teammates is a welcome relief.

"It's good to be around the guys," he said. "Better than sitting at home and just watching the games on TV and stuff like that. It's better being around the guys, getting treatment. Trying to ride the bike, stay in some kind of shape. Since I'm not able to run and stuff like that. When I'm able to move my arm, then I'll try to get on the court and run and shoot and stuff like that. See how it feels. Pass the ball and stuff like that."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.