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Bulls Carlos Boozer feels “pop” in foot, has turf toe injury

Apr 27, 2011, 10:39 AM EST

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Carlos Boozer played just jut 15:31 on Tuesday night, and it wasn’t just because the Bulls were closing out the Pacers in a blowout win.

Boozer suffered a turf toe injury during the game, something that likely will linger into the second round, reports ESPN Chicago.

“I just went up for a shot, the one I made in the second quarter, early in the second quarter, and felt a pop,” Boozer said after the game. “I’m just going to get it right. It’s a good thing we got some time before the next [series].”

Turf toe — a damaging of the ligaments around the base of the big toe — is one of those injuries that can linger for a couple of weeks.

As Boozer noted, the good news is the NBA announced that the Bulls second round series — whether against Atlanta or Orlando — will not begin until next Monday.

Boozer wasn’t having a very good first round series against the Pacers even before he was injured. He averaged 10 points per game on 35.8 percent shooting. His turnovers were up and he was in seemingly constant foul trouble.

The Bulls will need more out of him — he can be a very tough matchup — as the playoffs move on. This turf toe could play a role in that.

  1. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    he is soft, they will find out soon……….

  2. king7key - Apr 27, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    As a longtime bulls fan…i have never been so happy about one of our players injury. we got alot better the moment he walked off the court game 5 vs pacers

  3. purdueman - Apr 27, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    I’m a lifelong Bulls fan, but the bigger the game, the more Boozer seems to disappear and make excuses. How in the hell do you get turf toe while playing on a solid hardwood floor? Duh-uh!!!

    Boozer is starting to remind me of all time baseball slacker JD Drew, who, according to urban legend, once got a mid-season 15 day paid vacation to the DL due to a buildup of ear wax!

  4. basketballfool - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    This guy has did this all through his life, When he wants some time on the bench he fakes a injury.He did it in Utah when they needed him most, he will do in in chicago or any place he is at.He cheats on his wife and wondered why she left him. boozer the loozer.The bull are better without him anyway.

  5. gmsingh - Apr 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Boozer is a non-issue. Did the Bulls look bad in game 5 with little involvement from him?

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