Carlos Boozer, one of the most durable Bulls in recent seasons, will miss his first game of the season Saturday night with a sore right knee.
The power forward suffered the injury in Thursday's home win over Boston at the United Center.
“Yeah, very much so,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said of the power forward’s durability. “He never misses practice, never misses games really. So it’s been a big plus.”
“It happened in the course of the last game,” the coach continued. “He had an MRI. It came back negative. We’re hopeful that it’s not anything serious.
“It’s a little better today. We’ll see where he is tomorrow.”
Taj Gibson, who hasn’t missed a game all season, is expected to start in Boozer’s place, though Thibodeau wouldn’t confirm that to the media. Boozer missed three games last season and none during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign, but Thibodeau is confident the Bulls have the necessary depth to compensate for his absence, even beyond Gibson, the team’s top reserve.
“We have guys that can get the job done,” he said. “We can go small, ‘Murph’ [Bulls rookie Erik Murphy] can play. We’ve got Jo, we’ve got Naz. We’ve got enough.”