Bulls shooting guard Richard Hamilton put in some heavy minutes late Wednesday night.

Unfortunately for Hamilton, they were spent with the media as he tried to explain why he has been on the bench in the fourth quarter lately.

"Like I always say, whatever they need me to do, I'm going to do,'' Hamilton said after the 93-89 loss to the Rockets. "I'm just trying to stay positive, just trying to get better every day.''

Hamilton said all the right things, but his body language in the huddle late in the game was that of a frustrated player.

Even more so on Sunday night in Portland. Hamilton seemed to have a problem with shooting 7-for-10 from the field but only getting 22 minutes, none in crunch time.

"One thing you have to do is just cheer for the guy that's out there,'' Hamilton said. "So you just try to stay positive and hope that we get the win.''