Chicago Bulls Vs. Miami Heat: Carlos Boozer Injured

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Bulls' Carlos Boozer Injured In Saturday Night Win Over Heat

Carlos Boozer played 35 minutes in Saturday’s 99-96 Bulls win over the Miami Heat and had 12 points and 12 rebounds, his 16th double double out of 25 games played in a season in which he is averaging 20.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game — averaging a double double.

It was announced today that Boozer sprained his ankle in the fourth quarter last night — what, is it contagious with LeBron James hanging around with a sprained ankle? — and he did not accompany the Bulls on their flight to Memphis. He won’t play against the Grizzlies in their holiday matinee game Monday.

No word on how long Boozer might be out; the Bulls are in a heavy part of their schedule, with five games in eight days beginning tomorrow. According to the Bulls website, Boozer was in a walking boot when he left the United Center last night.

Taj Gibson will return to the starting lineup, replacing Boozer; he’s day-to-day. (But aren’t we all?)

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Derrick Rose Has 34 For Bulls in 99-96 Win Over Heat

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – For all the star power Saturday’s game held, Kyle Korver came up with the biggest shot.

The Bulls sharpshooter grabbed a key rebound and drilled a go-ahead three- pointer with 25.5 seconds left that helped Chicago pull out a 99-96 victory over the Miami Heat.

It was Korver’s only successful three-point attempt of the contest, and ultimately lifted the Bulls to their second consecutive win. Derrick Rose led Chicago with 34 points and eight assists, a performance matched by the Heat’s Dwyane Wade, who scored 33 points.

The Heat were playing without LeBron James, who sat for a second consecutive game with a sprained ankle. They also played part of the game without forward Chris Bosh, who left after suffering an ankle sprain in the third quarter.

Wade sank two three-pointers late in the fourth quarter to put Miami ahead, but missed a potential tying shot in the closing seconds as the Heat lost their third consecutive game.

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REPORT: LeBron James Will Not Play Tonight In Bulls/Heat Game

This via a post by Chicago radio reporter David Schuster on Facebook.

It has not been confirmed by any official announcement either by the Heat or the Bulls, but with the game scheduled to start in an hour, and Schuster on the scene at the United Center, it’s about as solid a report as any.

As stated before, while it’s always good to defeat a rival at full strength, if you can catch them when they’re down, nothing wrong with that. The Heat have lost two in a row, and the Bulls have won eight of their last 11.

The game begins at 7 p.m. CST, and, again, will be televised on WGN (Chicago only) and NBA-TV (nationally).

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LeBron James 'Doubtful' For Saturday's Bulls/Heat Game

It may not disappoint Bulls fans too much — well, maybe except those who paid huge scalper prices for tickets — but according to KC Johnson at Chicago Breaking Sports, the injured LeBron James is “doubtful” for tonight’s game vs. the Miami Heat at the United Center.

James sprained his ankle on Tuesday when the Heat lost to the Clippers. He didn’t play in Miami’s game in Denver on Thursday night. Now, here’s an updated report:

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said James didn’t participate in the team’s morning shoot-around and was “doubtful” for the Bulls game because of the ankle sprain he suffered in Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles.

“He did not go through the shootaround,” Spoelstra said. “We have not ruled him out. But it is doubtful. He is feeling better. He’s going to come over on the first bus, get treatment, try to loosen it up. And we’ll make that determination then.”

If this helps the Bulls beat the Heat in Miami’s only regular season visit to the United Center this year, so much the better. If this injury means the Bulls have a shot at getting playoff positioning ahead of the Heat, even better.

The game starts at 7 p.m. CST on WGN (local only) or NBA-TV (nationally).

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Chicago Bulls Vs. Miami Heat: Will LeBron James Play?

LeBron James sprained his ankle when the Miami Heat faced the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. He did not play in Miami's game against Denver on Thursday.

So will he play tonight at the United Center, the Heat's only regular season visit to Chicago? And if so, how effective will he be? Some tickets for this game have been going on StubHub for more than the Bears' playoff game tomorrow against the Seahawks.

This will be a good test for the Bulls. Much as many of us have loved to hate James and what he and Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade did to make their own All-Star team, the Heat has the most road wins in the NBA (15). But, the Bulls are tied for the second-most home wins in the league (17). Both Derrick Rose and Luol Deng told the Sun-Times how much they were looking forward to the game:

"It’s an exciting game," guard Derrick Rose said. "They’re gonna challenge us in so many ways, especially on [isolations], running the ball up the floor and just having great players. We’re gonna see just how good our defense is."

"As a team, we look forward to playing those teams," forward Luol Deng said. "Miami’s playing well, and we want to see how we do against them. Miami’s up there with Boston, Orlando, all those teams."

It's also a tough choice for TV watchers, as you'll have to decide between this game, the NFL playoffs between the Packers and Falcons, or the Blackhawks, all starting at the same time. Or do a lot of channel-flipping.

Tonight's game begins at 7 p.m. CST and will be televised on WGN (Chicago only). It's also available nationally on NBA-TV.

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