Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011
Posted 3:15 PM Updated 6:23 PM
Kyle Korver's game-winning 3-pointer to lead the Bulls to victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night wouldn't have been made possible if not for Carlos Boozer's tipped ball to keep the play alive.
Unfortunately for the Bulls and Boozer, it came at a price.
The Bulls have confirmed that Boozer will not make the trip with the team to Memphis for Monday's game against the Grizzlies in order to remain in Chicago and get treatment on his injured left ankle.
The team does not know how long Boozer will be out. In his absence, Taj Gibson will return to the starting lineup and play alongside Kurt Thomas, who has filled in admirably for the injured Joakim Noah.
Boozer rolled his ankle in the process and was spotted leaving the United Center in a walking boot.
"When I hit the ground it was already on its side and all my weight came down on top of it," Boozer told the Tribune after Saturday's game. "It's pretty swollen right now, pretty bad."
Stay with CSNChicago.com for more information on this story as it becomes available.
On an emergency edition of our Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, Will Perdue and Vincent Goodwill react to the Bobby Portis-Nikola Mirotic fight in practice.
Hear what Vincent’s sources are telling him what happened, plus the group discusses how the fight will likely impact the team now — and in the long-term. Will also shares his story on why Michael Jordan punched him during a practice.
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:
Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were involved in an altercation that resulted in Mirotic suffering two broken bones in his face after Portis punched him, according to sources.
Mirotic, who’s out indefinitely, was evaluated for a concussion and taken to a hospital, where he was released but was apparently a bit out of it, according to a source. The altercation began with pushing and shoving between the two before Mirotic lunged forward at Portis and Portis hit Mirotic, sending him to the floor.
“I’ve seen worse,” a witness said.
Mirotic was taken to the training room and Portis went to the other side of the floor.
Apparently the two have had testy moments since Portis entered the league in 2015. The two play the same position and have battled for minutes, with Portis often getting the short end in the rotation.
Where this leaves Portis with the Bulls for the immediate future as far as a suspension is unknown.
But what was supposed to be a so-called nondescript season has suddenly put the spotlight on the players and the coaching staff, who’ll have to navigate the relationship between the two teammates.