It's looking more like Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton to the ­rescue and not just because the Bulls are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in more than a year.

Rose and Hamilton have missed a combined 58 games. Factor in ­injuries to C.J. Watson and John Lucas III, and that number swells to 76 games. Considering the potential cumulative effect of all those minutes lost, is it any wonder that Kyle Korver, Watson, Lucas and Ronnie Brewer have seemingly hit a wall of late?

"Guys have done a great job stepping in and doing what they've been doing — Ronnie, Kyle, C.J., John,'' Hamilton said. "Those guys have been excellent the entire ­season. When we come back, when everybody can get their rhythm and in their comfort zone of what they're used to doing, we'll be great."