Boozer says hamstring is feeling better
BROOKLYN — Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer is a game-time decision for Friday night’s game against the Nets due to a right hamstring injury.
Boozer, who missed Wednesday’s win in Milwaukee, suffered the injury in the first quarter of Monday’s home victory over Charlotte.
“I’m all right, hanging in there. It’s a little bit better today, but still sore and stiff, so warm up, see how it feels, but be smart,” said Boozer, who doesn’t believe he’ll be sidelined for an extended period of time, prior to the team’s morning shootaround Friday at the Barclays Center. “Even if I don’t play tonight — I might play — but if I don’t, it should only be a couple more days.
“The end of the first quarter, I went up for a shot, got banged up a little bit, came down funny — no foul, no free throws — but I came up a little sore on that one,” he continued, recounting the injury. “I kept playing. My adrenaline was going, I was warmed up, I was hype. ‘T-Nak’ [Bulls assistant trainer Jeff Tanaka] did a great job of keeping a hot pack on me, wrapped around my hamstring and I just played through. That’s probably why it got worse the next day.
“It’s like a groin [injury]. It’s one of those weird things where you might not feel it right away, but you make a long stride and the next thing, you feel it, kind of like what Lu did. Lu hurt it in Toronto, but he pulled it in Boston. But you’ve got to be smart and be careful about it. I’m going to be smart and be careful about it.”
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was cautiously optimistic about Boozer’s status.
“He’s better. We’ll see. Game-time decision,” Thibodeau said. “He was a lot better yesterday, so we’ll see where he is.”
Taj Gibson started in Boozer’s place Wednesday, but Thibodeau played coy when asked if the Brooklyn native would start in his hometown if Boozer was unavailable, saying only, “He could.”