Boozer ruled out for Bulls-Mavericks tilt

Boozer ruled out for Bulls-Mavericks tilt

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
6:03 PM
By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.comCarlos Boozer will miss the Bulls Thursday-night matchup against the visiting Dallas Mavericksthe third consecutive game hes been sidelined for with a sprained ankleaccording to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

We want him to play when hes healthy, so once Fred clears him, hell be back, said Thibodeau before the game. Hes real close, so probably the next game.

Thibodeau went on to explain that he didnt feel comfortable putting the power forward back in the lineup without having seen him participate in a full practice.

Bulls trainer Fred Tedeschi said hes a lot better. We just want to be smart about it, noted the first-year head coach. Id prefer that he gets through a practice. Once he gets through a practice, you have a pretty good idea that hes okay. He wasnt quite ready this morning, so I didnt feel good about just throwing him out there tonight without going through a practice.

Thibodeau added that Boozers replacement, second-year forward Taj Gibsonwho has recorded back-to-back six-block games, a career-highhas filled in admirably, as has injured center Joakim Noahs replacement, veteran Kurt Thomas.

Observed Thibodeau: We feel very good about our bench and I think Taj has done a great job of filling in, Kurt has done a great job of filling in.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Watch: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah misses everything with this free-throw attempt

Watch: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah misses everything with this free-throw attempt

We all remember Joakim Noah's twisty-turny tornado shooting style from the free-throw line.

It was funny, and it worked better than you might expect, with Noah's unconventional shooting style from the charity stripe going through the net better than 73 percent of the time over a five-season span from 2009-10 to 2013-14.

But things haven't gone so well there for Noah in his first season with the New York Knicks. Entering Monday night's game, Noah was shooting just 42.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Well, things might've hit rock bottom Monday, with this nasty-looking free-throw try from Noah that missed everything.

Take a look:

Say it ain't so, Jo.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Excluding Jimmy Butler, who should Bulls trade?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Excluding Jimmy Butler, who should Bulls trade?

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