OAKLAND—Carlos Boozer was a late scratch before Thursday night’s 102-87 Bulls’ loss to the Warriors after straining his left calf pregame.
“It was sort of a freaky sort of thing. He was jumping around before the game in the locker room, getting ready to come out and tweaked something in his calf. He was dressed and ready to go. He had gone through everything. He was fine. He was fine this morning. It was just one of those things,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I didn’t know until 20 minutes before the game. He’s in pregame and he’s jumping around, trying to get warm before going out and tweaked something.
“I don’t know and I don’t want to jump to any [conclusions],” the coach continued, when asked about a timetable for Boozer’s return. “But it’s the same calf that was bothering him from before.”
In Boozer’s place, sixth man Taj Gibson started and tied a career-high with 26 points, as well as snatching 13 rebounds.
“Taj was terrific. He probably got a little tired at the end,” Thibodeau said. “But he’s scoring the ball, he’s rebounding the ball, he’s defending."
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Gibson, however, wasn’t satisfied with his performance.
“I’ve just been working, just continuing to work on my game. I feel like I could have played a whole lot better to help my team, especially on the defensive end. I’m just real frustrated right now,” he said. “I’m not even worried about the points. I’m just worried about what I can do to help my team win. Just try to learn from it and try to get a win in L.A.”
The Bulls take on the Lakers in the final game of their six-game Western Conference road trip Sunday afternoon at the Staples Center.