Word on the Street: Boozer to miss Monday's game

Word on the Street: Boozer to miss Monday's game

Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011
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Boozer out for Monday's game

The Bulls star forward Carlos Boozer will miss Monday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies after suffering an ankle injury in the waning seconds of Chicago's thrilling victory over the Miami Heat Saturday night. Boozer, who missed the first few weeks of the season after suffering a freak injury in which he broke his hand tripping over a duffel bag, will reportedly not travel with the team. (CSNChicago.com)

Bosh whines about Asik

Chris Bosh, the third member of the self-proclaimed "Heatles," sprained his ankle late in Saturday night's game as Bulls center Omer Asik dove for a loose ball and crashed into Bosh's ankle.

Bosh responded by saying: "C'mon, that is how guys get hurt, that is how serious injuries happen.You've got to watch people's legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job.We all want to be healthy and that is very important If it is by somebody's leg, don't dive for the ball, it's too close." (CBS Sports)

Harris out with hip injury

Bears safety Chris Harris left Sunday's game with a hip injury he suffered in the first half. He starts alongside Danieal Manning, with rookie Major Wright as the main backup for both positions. No word yet on whether Harris will play next week against the Green Bay Packers, but if not the Bears may be in some trouble without his veteran leadership. (Chicago Tribune)

Bears champs reunite in Minnesota

Former Bears linebacker and 49ers head coach Mike Singletary is expected to reach a deal to become the linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings.

Such a deal would reunite him with former Bears teammate Leslie Frazer, who was named permanent head coach after an interim stint replacing Brad Childress. (nfl.com)

Bad blood between Cubs and Theriot

Ryan Theriot, a former fan favorite of the Chicago Cubs, was recently traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs' most hated rivals. Upon the deal, Theriot commented that he was finally on the right side of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.

Cubs catcher Koyie Hill had some harsh words for the former Cubs leadoff man, saying "theres probably a decent chance hes going to feel how hard the dirt is around the home plate batters box at least once. (CSNChicago.com)

Glanville to take over on radio for Santo?

According to rumors circulating around Twitter and other outlets, former Cubs outfielder Doug Glanville could replace Ron Santo as the color commentator for WGN Radio for the Cubs broadcast. It is all just rumors at this point, however, as Glanville claims he hasn't even received a call about the position yet. (CSNChicago.com)

Wonky streaks, good fortune over Cavs on the line for Bulls

Wonky streaks, good fortune over Cavs on the line for Bulls

No matter the metric or the occasion, the only thing definitive about the Bulls over the last two seasons has been their mystifying dominance over the Cleveland Cavaliers in head-to-head matchups.

That, and their fascinating streak of consecutive wins while playing at home on TNT, a streak that could end at 19 games Thursday night when the two teams with varying objectives clash at the United Center.

The Cavaliers are searching to find themselves, along with a light switch that will perhaps alert them to a lost defense over the past several weeks that has been worst in the league since the All-Star break.

The Bulls are searching for consistency, but since it’s probably a little too late in the season for that, they’ll settle for a playoff spot with eight games left.

They’ll take two straight wins for the first time in a month, if they can get it.

They’ll extend a goofy streak, if that’s what things will come down to.

“The big thing is obviously you have to execute very well against this Cleveland team,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “You have to go out there with great urgency, great energy. I anticipate them coming in and playing with a ton of energy tomorrow. We’re going to have to match that. We’re going to have to come out and play physical basketball.”

Having a big break between games this late in the season is a rarity, as the Bulls have been off since Sunday evening, but it’s just another weird detail in this weird Bulls experience.

An experience that the mild-mannered Hoiberg has to experience from his couch some nights, such as watching the Miami Heat furiously steal a game in Detroit at the buzzer with a Hasaan Whiteside tip-in to extend a lead over his team to a game, followed by another win Wednesday to put more distance between the two teams.

“I did, actually,” said Hoiberg with a smirk when asked if he’s scoreboard watching and paying attention to the teams ahead of the Bulls in the playoff race.

After being prompted to give his raw emotions when Whiteside’s tip-in occurred, he slipped right back to Robo-Hoiberg—although one can imagine how animated he must’ve been while looking to catch a break from a previous contender for the eighth spot in the Pistons.

“It is what it is,” Hoiberg said. “You have to go out and worry about yourselves at this time of year. It was a great finish for Miami, obviously, the way that game ended. But there’s nothing you can do about that. You’ve got to worry about yourselves and hopefully go out and execute.”

Going 6-1 against the Cavaliers in his two seasons as Bulls coach is probably the biggest feather in his cap, including three wins in all three meetings this go round.

The rhyme or reason doesn’t seem explainable, but Nikola Mirotic seemed to give a few keys to the Bulls’ success over LeBron James’ Cavaliers: Sharing the ball, controlling the glass and getting back on defense.

“Against big teams, we play much better,” Mirotic said. “I don’t know why is the reason for that. We need to find a way to play against everybody like that. It’s on us. We just have to prove it.”

Usually, those tenets seem to work against most teams, not just the supremely talented champions who’ve just lost a grip on first place in the conference.

But their inconsistencies have left the Bulls here with a handful of games left before the April 12th finale.

A win over Cleveland could mean everything, or nothing at all, or something in between.

“Sure, we understand,” Mirotic said. “We’ve been in a very similar situation last year. We didn’t make the playoffs so this year we want to try to make that push. I think we have a good schedule for the last. Very important game tomorrow, huge one. I think we have played very well against Cleveland until now. We have a chance. We need to get out there and play with energy.” 

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