Chicago Bulls Stock Watch: Risers and Fallers with Return of Carlos Boozer

December 12th, 2010 by Mark Cianci Leave a reply »
When Carlos Boozer was preparing to make his much-anticipated debut for the Chicago Bulls on December 1st, many fans were worried about what effect this would have on the team's chemistry that it had built during the first month of the season.  

In Boozer's absence, the Bulls battled to a 9-6 record, despite facing one of the league's toughest early schedules.  The team enjoyed its first successful circus road trip since 1997, compiling a 4-3 record over the stretch.  

The starting lineup that featured Taj Gibson in place of Boozer was really beginning to gel, and the insertion of Boozer into the rotation was certainly going to shake things up, for better or worse.  

During the first two games of Boozer's return, these worries intensified as the Bulls were blown out by both Orlando and Boston.  Derrick Rose had his two worst shooting days of the season up to that point and looked nothing like the elite superstar and MVP candidate that he had been throughout the first month of the season.  

However, Boozer would return to form in a big way in the following two games, averaging 27.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in ...

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