Posted by Royce Young
Carlos Boozer was a bit of a disappointment in Chicago's opening round series against Indiana. The Bulls' big man was battling a report stint of turf toe which may have contributed to his lack of production.
However, Bulls general manager Gar Foreman told NBC Chicago that it could be a little worse for Boozer.
"He's in a lot of pain," Forman said. "There's some ligament damage we don't think he'll practice the next few days. The hope is he'll be ready to go by Monday (game 1 vs. the Hawks)"
The hope? Yikes. No practice? Double yikes.
Chicago survived with Boozer on the bench with a number of different injuries during the regular season and made it through the Pacers in five despite limited production. But they need him. They need him if they're going to make a real run at the title. Not just on the court, but healthy and productive. Ligament damage in a toe could be really devastating in that regard.
Kurt Thomas, Omer Asik and Taj Gibson have done admirable jobs filling in behind Boozer and Chicago's frontcourt depth with provide some ease, but still, we're talking about an $80 million player here. It's definitely something to keep an eye on.
The Bulls and Hawks are scheduled to open their second round series in Chicago Monday night. So there's a little time to get healty.