DEERFIELD, Ill.— Just when the Bulls’ health had taken a turn for the better, the dreaded “tweak” has reared its ugly head.
Carlos Boozer didn’t participate in Friday afternoon’s practice at the Berto Center due to a right-knee issue, according to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, who predictably wasn’t definitive about the power forward’s status for Saturday night’s game against Atlanta at the United Center.
“Carlos is a little nicked up, so he’s off today,” said the coach. “We’ll see. I don’t know [about Boozer’s status for the Hawks game] yet.”
As for the rest of his squad, Thibodeau described the Bulls’ overall health as, “relatively good.”
“Taj [Gibson], we have him some rest, but he’s fine,” Thibodeau said. “He did most of practice.”
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Luol Deng, who played less than his usual minutes in Thursday’s victory over Boston, is also doing well, though Thibodeau declined to say whether he’d increase the All-Star small forward’s workload.
“He’s fine,” the coach said twice.
Unsurprisingly, Thibodeau wouldn’t divulge the identity of the other player, besides Deng, currently on a minutes restriction, which he let slip after the Celtics game.