Hamilton (illness) played 21 minutes in Monday's contest against the Herd. The center finished with seven points (3-5 FG, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Hamilton wound up missing his first game of the season Friday, but returned to the court in short order. With Jon Horford (ankle) limited again by another injury, Hamilton has been forced to take on an additional role in the front court, even with Adam Woodbury excelling at the starting center spot.
Hamilton (illness) did not play in Friday's win over Stockton.
This was only the second missing game by Hamilton this season, as the center has been a critical rotational piece for Grand Rapids this season. He's averaging 11.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.4 assists across 24.9 minutes per contest.
Hamilton scored 20 points (9-14 FG, 2-2 FT) and secured 12 rebounds along with five blocked shots in the loss Tuesday to the Blue Coats.
Hamilton actually ceded the starting opportunity to Jon Horford, who was playing in only his second game since injuring his back earlier in January, but Hamilton still wound up playing four more minutes than his starting teammate. The defensive exploits of Hamilton will likely guarantee him at least 20 minutes a night, but so long as the Drive seem content to figure out what they have in Horford, the former two-way big man might struggle to see additional opportunities regardless of his success.
Thursday's road game versus the Maine Red Claws was postponed due to a water leak in the roof of the Portland Expo.
A make-up date has yet to be determined. Hamilton is averaging 15.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists through six games in January.
Hamilton tallied 21 points (8-13 FG, 5-6 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one blocked shot in the 116-88 loss to Long Island on Wednesday.
Hamilton was about the only starter able to put together a productive stat line, as the depleted Drive roster was utterly flummoxed by Long Island. Hamilton continues to be one of the more reliable centers in the G League, averaging 13.1 points and 9.6 rebounds in 25 games this season, both numbers that have seen a substantial jump in the last month.
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