Bulls' Boozer set to make return Saturday


Bulls' Boozer set to make return Saturday

Friday, Jan. 21, 2011
Posted: 1:50 p.m.

By Aggrey Sam
After missing three consecutive games with a sprained ankle, Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer is expected to return to the lineup Saturday night, when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the Windy City.

"I think there's a good chance I'll play tomorrow night," said Boozer following Friday's practice at the Berto Center. "My ankle felt great today. I ran a little bit on the treadmill, got some shots up earlier, walked through some stuff with the team."

"I really wanted to play last night (in the Bulls' win over the Dallas Mavericks), but my ankle wasn't ready yet. It's more ready now, so barring a setback, I'll be out there tomorrow."

Concurred Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau: "He's good. We didn't do a whole lot. Fred cleared him, so if he's okay tomorrow after the shootaround, he goes."

"As long as there's not any problems tomorrow after shootaround, he goes right back to starting."

Boozer detailed his injury, suffered late in last Saturday's Bulls win over the Miami Heat, when he tipped an offensive rebound that eventually wound up in the hands of teammate Kyle Korver, who drained a clutch 3-pointer that led to the victory.

"When I tipped it, I just came down on the side of my foot--all my weight--right when I landed. So, it was pretty bad, but it's healed up pretty fast," said Boozer, who noted that his rooting interests in Sunday's NFC championship game were with the Bears. "It was about the size of a grapefruit that night, but I iced it all night long, the next three to four days in a row and the swelling has gone way, way, way, way down."

Boozer also had high praise for his teammates in his absence.

"Everybody's played great. Taj Gibson has been averaging five blocks a game, something like that, said Boozer. "Big Omer Asik has been playing phenomenal as well and 'old school'--Kurt Thomas--has been playing great, too. But everybody's been really good. We got two good wins."

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.

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Competing in Nebraska may have been foreign for most Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks players, but Doug McDermott and Kyle Korver were right at home. 

The veterans, who both starred at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., returned to their college stomping grounds for NBA preseason action Thursday night. Korver's Hawks got the best of McDermott's Bulls, 97-81, on Creighton's home floor.

Both had illustrious careers for the Blue Jays basketball squad. McDermott, who graduated in 2014, won the Wooden Award his senior season and is the all-time leading scorer. Korver, as you may have guessed, holds the school record for most three-pointers made. Fans at Thursday's game got a flashback from these glory days, as both logged significant minutes and put up offensive numbers. 

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McDermott didn't have his best shooting night, but knocked down two triples and finished with 16 points. Korver also scored 16, splashing in four from beyond the arc. 

Afterwards, McDermott thanked the Omaha faithful via Twitter. 


With the loss, the Bulls' preseason ends with a record of 3-4. They open regular season play on Oct. 27 against the Boston Celtics. 


Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

OMAHA, Neb. — Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds in a 97-81 win over the Bulls.

Kyle Korver, who played at Creighton, also scored 16 points as Atlanta finished the preseason 5-2.

Jimmy Butler scored 16 points as Chicago wrapped up exhibition play at 3-4.

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HAWKS: Kent Bazemore had 15 points and nine rebounds. ... Korver made four 3-pointers.

BULLS: Doug McDermott, another former Creighton star playing in his college arena, scored 16 points but shot 5 for 15. ... Dwyane Wade (3 for 14) and Rajon Rondo (1 for 7) combined for just 11 points. Both had six assists.

UP NEXT: Atlanta (5-2) hosts Washington next Thursday in its season opener. Chicago (3-4) also opens Thursday against Boston.