Boozer once again in spotlight for wrong reasons

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Boozer once again in spotlight for wrong reasons

PHILADELPHIA - For the second consecutive postseason, Carlos Boozer will feel the heat and this year the Bulls didnt even lose to Miami, ironically his offseason home. Boozer snatched 13 rebounds, fitting for a starting power forward in a playoff game, especially in just 27 minutes of play.

The reason he only played 27 minutes in an elimination game, one might wonder? Well, Boozer only mustered up three points and not for lack of trying, as he shot 1-for-11 from the field and made his lone free-throw attempt.

I just missed shots. Some nights are like that. Some nights youre on fire. Some nights youre not. Tonight I wasnt, said Boozer. My teammates did a great job of making shots. My teammates wanted me to stay aggressive, stay confident, keep shooting. They just didnt go in.

To his credit, Boozer didnt run and hide from the question. And in fairness, he was tremendous in both the Bulls Game 5 win at the United Center and for most of their Game 4 loss in Philadelphia.

But just like last spring, when the Bulls lost to Miami in the Eastern Conference finals, Boozer came up short when it counts. This should have been the time to redeem himself, as he played in all 82 regular-season games and with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah both out with injuries, Luol Deng playing hurt and Rip Hamilton clearly not fully trusted by Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, Boozer had the opportunity to be the go-to guy.

He played hard. It wasnt going his way offensively. That happens. When its not going your way, you have to do other things. His rebounding was terrific. Taj Gibson and Omer Asik got going defensively. Our rebounding and defense brought us back. We rode that group., said Thibodeau, who essentially made one second-half substitution, Gibson in for Boozer. Carlos had a terrific year for us. Didnt play well offensively. Passed well but didnt shoot well. His rebounding was excellent.

Unfortunately, that isnt what the Bulls needed - Deng corralled a game-high 17 boards and he plays small forward - Thursday night. They needed Boozer to deliver, something he again failed to do.

Ways to watch, stream Bulls introductory press conference for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen

Ways to watch, stream Bulls introductory press conference for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen

The Chicago Bulls will introduce Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen today, and you can watch on CSN or live stream at CSNChicago.com/watchlive.

Tune in as coverage starts at 11 a.m. with players set to take the podium. 

The trio was acquired in the Bulls' trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. LaVine is rehabbing from a torn ACL, which cut his strong campaign short last season. Dunn is coming into his second season and was a player Gar/Pax thought highly of in last year's draft. Markkanen is a stretch-four that was drafted out of Arizona with the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

Read more about the new Bulls in Mark Strotman's scouting report. 

 

Who voted Gar Forman? Executive of the Year conspiracy theories

Who voted Gar Forman? Executive of the Year conspiracy theories

Who voted Gar Forman for the NBA's Executive of the Year award? That's the question on Bulls fans' minds late Monday.

As the Athletic's Sean Highkin tweeted, the Bulls general manager received one vote for the award, sparking speculation from Evanston to Evergreen Park. 

670 The Score's Julie Dicaro had one theory: 

While Locked on Fantasy podcast host believed it was Sam Presti, referencing the midseason Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott trade Gar/Pax made with the Oklahoma City Thunder:

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg went a third route: 

Twitter stays savaging.