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Carlos Boozer fractures hand, out two months

Oct 3, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

Boozer_bulls.jpgAll the hope surrounding the Chicago Bulls just took a punch to the gut.

Carlos Boozer fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his hand on Saturday, an injury that will require surgery and keep him out eight weeks, the team announced.

The injury happened on an off day for the Bulls. ESPN is reporting that Boozer tripped over a bag in his home and fell, causing the injury.

Boozer missed a lot of games with the Jazz (more than a quarter of the games the last six years combined) but played in 78 games last season and 81 three seasons ago. He has said that these tended to be fluke things, not chronic injuries. Breaking your hand? It’s another fluke. Maybe Boozer is just chronically unlucky.

It’s a setback for a Bulls team a lot is expected of. Boozer — at $75 million for five years — is supposed to bring the inside scoring presence the Bulls have needed to take the next step forward.

Now he won’t be doing that for about the first five weeks of the season, give or take. That may be at least 15 games.

Taj Gibson likely will move into the starting rotation, meaning Tom Thibodeau will start with the same front line that Vinny Del Negro had.

  1. Phil - Oct 3, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    That’s ok Chicago.
    He should play most of his games in 2014-2015 (contract year). Until then, get used to it.

  2. David - Oct 3, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Truly shocking news.

  3. neil - Oct 3, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    You never want to see a team lose ground due to injury. With all the hype about the top East teams being ready for this season, the Bulls are going to need someone else to step up or risk losing ground and having to dig themselves out of a hole. Thibodeau’s implementation of his defensive strategy will be an even bigger factor now. Maybe losing Boozer doesn’t really hurt that, beyond depth anyway…

  4. GUF - Oct 3, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    A fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone in your hand is often referred to as a “boxer’s fracture.” It is most often associated with striking something hard, like during a punch. This “tripping over a bag” thing? Totally a cover for a domestic dispute.

  5. McDaddy - Oct 4, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Boozer will be back in Decmember or January. Is it really a punch to the gut? Rose, Noah and company are still a good team. I bet they can wina bunch of games the first two months of the season
    without Boozer. When he gets back, they will be that much stronger.
    Losing him at the end of the season or in the playoffs would be
    a “punch to the gut”. The Bulls will be fine.

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