Carlos Boozer: Does Injury Hurt Chicago Bulls in Push for Division Crown?

October 10th, 2010 by Jeff Hicks Leave a reply »
As most of the Chicago and NBA community knows, Carlos Boozer fractured his hand tripping over a bag in his dark house, according to him. The Chicago Bulls are even going so far as to investigating his claim.

Carlos is winning over fans early and often in the Windy City.

As much as the off-court issues plague this situation, it is the on-court issues the Bulls now face for at least the first 15 regular season games that stand out.

Who fills in for Boozer, and how much does his absence take away wins from the left column and move them to the 'L' column?

Fifteen games is the equivalent of 20 percent of a season, roughly. That means guys like Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, Kurt Thomas, Luol Deng, and potentially Brian Scalabrine have to pick up some major slack to cover for the loss of the Bulls' newest, and costly acquisition.

Fortunately for Chicago, Gibson showed last season that he can be depended on for solid production and smart play. If he gobbles up 25-30 minutes a night without playing too horribly, others like Thomas and Scalabrine can pick up the small chunks left over.

Deng is an option if the Bulls play a s ...

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