Word on the Street: Boozer to miss Monday's game

Word on the Street: Boozer to miss Monday's game

Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011
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Boozer out for Monday's game

The Bulls star forward Carlos Boozer will miss Monday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies after suffering an ankle injury in the waning seconds of Chicago's thrilling victory over the Miami Heat Saturday night. Boozer, who missed the first few weeks of the season after suffering a freak injury in which he broke his hand tripping over a duffel bag, will reportedly not travel with the team. (CSNChicago.com)

Bosh whines about Asik

Chris Bosh, the third member of the self-proclaimed "Heatles," sprained his ankle late in Saturday night's game as Bulls center Omer Asik dove for a loose ball and crashed into Bosh's ankle.

Bosh responded by saying: "C'mon, that is how guys get hurt, that is how serious injuries happen.You've got to watch people's legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job.We all want to be healthy and that is very important If it is by somebody's leg, don't dive for the ball, it's too close." (CBS Sports)

Harris out with hip injury

Bears safety Chris Harris left Sunday's game with a hip injury he suffered in the first half. He starts alongside Danieal Manning, with rookie Major Wright as the main backup for both positions. No word yet on whether Harris will play next week against the Green Bay Packers, but if not the Bears may be in some trouble without his veteran leadership. (Chicago Tribune)

Bears champs reunite in Minnesota

Former Bears linebacker and 49ers head coach Mike Singletary is expected to reach a deal to become the linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings.

Such a deal would reunite him with former Bears teammate Leslie Frazer, who was named permanent head coach after an interim stint replacing Brad Childress. (nfl.com)

Bad blood between Cubs and Theriot

Ryan Theriot, a former fan favorite of the Chicago Cubs, was recently traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs' most hated rivals. Upon the deal, Theriot commented that he was finally on the right side of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.

Cubs catcher Koyie Hill had some harsh words for the former Cubs leadoff man, saying "theres probably a decent chance hes going to feel how hard the dirt is around the home plate batters box at least once. (CSNChicago.com)

Glanville to take over on radio for Santo?

According to rumors circulating around Twitter and other outlets, former Cubs outfielder Doug Glanville could replace Ron Santo as the color commentator for WGN Radio for the Cubs broadcast. It is all just rumors at this point, however, as Glanville claims he hasn't even received a call about the position yet. (CSNChicago.com)

Doug McDermott's return boosts Bulls' bench

Doug McDermott's return boosts Bulls' bench

Doug McDermott wasn’t exactly hunting for his first shot, but the first time he touched the ball in an NBA game in nearly a month wasn’t the optimal situation for him to let one fly.

It wasn’t in transition where he runs to an opening behind the 3-point line, nor was it a drive-and-kick situation where the help defense collapsed and left him open. It was a regular, simple, pass to the perimeter and McDermott’s defender was in reasonable proximity with 3:23 left in the first quarter.

He launched and the crowd soon roared its approval as his sweet jumper was sorely missed by the Bulls bench brigade—and moments later when he ran the floor for a fearless layup that caused Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to call a timeout, McDermott showed he missed the United Center crowd too, calling for more noise on his way to the bench.

“Anytime you have a guy like Doug, he comes back and makes his first 3, that’s hard to do,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He stepped up with confidence on that first shot. I’m sure he had a lot of nerves getting back out there.”

Missing 12 games and suffering two concussions, McDermott looked right at home in 25 minutes of run Thursday as the Bulls were able to rely on their reserves in some form in their 95-91 win over the previously perfect road warriors known as the Spurs.

“We defended and kept them off the foul line,” McDermott said. “Coach (Jim) Boylen was with them, so we feel we know them and I think all this time they were missing my defense.”

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The last statement was certainly tongue-in-cheek, but the Bulls’ bench production was certainly missing in action while he was out with the concussion protocol. So much so that his return prompted the Bulls’ coaching staff to call out the reserves in the morning shootaround, demanding more.

“It’s definitely Dwyane (Wade) and Jimmy (Butler) and (Rajon) Rondo (but) the coaching staff kinda called out our bench like, we gotta have you tonight, bench,” McDermott said. “We took that to heart, we were really locked in.”

Seemingly his presence aided the Bulls’ spirits and production, as the Bulls’ bench had the least effective scoring bench in the NBA since Nov. 13, the day after McDermott hit the unforgiving floor against the Wizards for his second concussion this season.

Their net rating ranks ahead of only the Wizards, Mavericks and Nets, who are a combined 17-45 this season. Their effective field goal percentage, which takes into account 3-pointers, is worst in the league in that span (42.3 percent).

When McDermott was healthy for that smaller sample size, the Bulls’ bench ranked fifth in offensive efficiency, seventh in net rating, and fifth in efficient field goal percentage. Whether McDermott – and his absence – was directly related to those numbers, it’s clear the Bulls are better when they have their best reserve – and only true floor spacers on the second unit – on the court.

“We’re all professionals and we want to help the guys who are busting their butts in the first unit to get us the leads,” McDermott said. “Tonight we did a great job of sustaining it. We take it personal when teams come back on us.”

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Nikola Mirotic was four of eight from the field, and Cristiano Felicio seems to be back in Fred Hoiberg’s good graces as he’s carved out a rotation spot for himself with nine points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes.

It seems as if Hoiberg will stick with this rotation of players, at least for a little while until Michael Carter-Williams returns from his injuries. If McDermott is the mark of the Bulls’ bench going from bottom feeder to adequate, it should show this month.

“When he’s out there on the floor and we get him coming off screens, it forces the defense to shift as another person they need to be aware of,” Hoiberg said. “It opens up driving lanes for our guys. It was great to have Doug back with us.”

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