Whether by design, performance or some combination of the two, Richard Hamilton has averaged just 20 minutes in his first two games back after missing 14 with his right shoulder injury.

Expect that to change soon.

"The way he is practicing tells me he can handle more, but we'll see," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Performance is part of it too."

Hamilton, who continues to rave about how good he feels, had a strong, seven-point third quarter Thursday night in the Bulls' comeback victory over the Celtics on Thursday. With the banged-up Knicks utilizing three-guard lineups often, Hamilton's minutes could increase as early as Sunday.