You almost have to knock on wood when you say it, but Richard Hamilton is quietly getting back in the groove.

While the Bulls continue to struggle with injuries and have lost their midseason rhythm, Hamilton started his seventh consecutive game Monday — his season-best. He even fell hard to the floor after a fast-break scramble in the first quarter and got up without incident.

In his first six games back after missing 15 games with a shoulder injury, Hamilton averaged 9.8 points while shooting 43 percent from the field (25-for-58) and hitting 5 of 10 three-point shots. More important, he's showing few signs of rust.