Rip Hamilton has torn plantar fascia

CHICAGO -- Rip Hamilton has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, an MRI revealed Sunday.

Hamilton injured the foot in the third quarter of the Chicago Bulls' win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

The team said Hamilton would return the court "as his symptoms permit."

The injury occurred with just under three minutes left in the third quarter. Hamilton had to be helped off the floor by teammates Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng and was putting no weight on the foot.

"I felt something pop," Hamilton admitted after the game.

After sitting out of 38 games last season because of various injuries, Hamilton was understandably worried about the diagnosis.

"Just the simple fact that there was nobody around," he said of the play in which the injury occurred. "They always say the worst injuries are when nobody's around and you didn't fall down on nobody's foot or anything like that so it's just one of them things that when it happened it scared me. When I felt it I didn't want to put no pressure on it, but it wasn't a whole lot of pain. That's why it was so freaky to me."

Despite that, Hamilton did return to Saturday night's game, hitting three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds to clinch the 93-88 victory.

"When Rip came back, (trainer) Fred Tedeschi said we could use him if needed," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We needed him. I have not talked to them about the injury, we wanted him out there for the free throw situation."