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Boozer to miss 4th straight game, Noah returns

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Boozer to miss 4th straight game, Noah returns

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Posted: 11:45 a.m.

By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com

NEWARKCarlos Boozer will miss his fourth consecutive game with a sprained left ankle.

The ankle isnt ready yet. It is getting better, though, Boozer said after Thursdays practice at the Prudential Center. I tried to do a little bit more, but its not ready yet.

While Boozer wont suit up for Thursdays Bulls road game against the Nets, he didnt rule out the possibility that he could play in Fridays game against the Pacers in Indianapolis.

Well see. Its tough, but at the same time, I know its getting better. Im just waiting for it to heal up so I can get back out there, said the power forward. Theres still a lot of pain, still bugging me a little bit, but its getting better day by day.

The swelling in the ankle is still there, but its coming down.

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With the season in the stretch-run stage and the Bulls looking forward to a potential deep playoff run, caution is key, as Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has consistently talked about the team being healthy toward the end of the regular season.

Hes getting better each day and we want to be smart. We dont want this thing to be reoccurring. We want him completely healthy before he plays. Hes getting better and better each day, so whether its today, tomorrow, a week from now, its when hes 100 percent because I dont want this injury lingering, said Thibodeau. Its the smart thing to do right now because of where we are in the season.

I just dont want it to be where he comes back, plays a game, then he has to sit a game, play a game.

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Meanwhile, Bulls center Joakim Noah will return for Thursdays matchup after missing Tuesdays home win over Washington due to illness.

Noah said his energy level for the Nets game would be all right, but more notable is the fact that the contest will be his first without a bandage to protect his right thumb, which he had surgery on in December, causing him to miss 30 games.

It feels all right, feels pretty good, said Noah. Im not going to play with the bandage anymore.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Wendell Carter Jr. talks up his fit with Lauri Markkanen: 'We're going to be unstoppable'

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Wendell Carter Jr. talks up his fit with Lauri Markkanen: 'We're going to be unstoppable'

Draft prospects always get asked about how they would fit in with the best players on various teams. Once they are drafted, that goes double

New Bulls' draft pick Wendell Carter Jr. didn't disappoint with his answer about how he can play with Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls' first-round pick from the year before.

“We’re going to be unstoppable," Carter Jr. said to reporters in Brooklyn. "He is a great player, someone I can learn from. A great young player. Someone I can learn from on and off the court. With my work ethic, as I come in I’m going to do all I can do to help my team to win. I think we’ll definitely complement one another on both ends of the court.”

Carter Jr. could play the center next to Markkanen at the power forward spot to form a formidable frontcourt if both players continue to develop.

On the ESPN broadcast of the draft, Chauncey Billups talked about the two big guys and the state of the Bulls in general after Carter Jr. was picked.

"I love what they're putting together there," Billups said of the Bulls. "I like their backcourt with Dunn and LaVine. These two big guys, him and Markkanen, are going to play very well together."

Bulls fulfill their promise, take Boise State's Chandler Hutchinson at No. 22

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Bulls fulfill their promise, take Boise State's Chandler Hutchinson at No. 22

Chandler Hutchinson abruptly cancelled his NBA Combine trip a month ago because of a promise given to him by a team in the 20s.

And the Bulls fulfilled that reported promise on Thursday night by taking Hutchinson with the 22nd overall pick.

Hutchinson, a senior, came on strong in his final two seasons with Boise State, and as a senior averaged 20.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 31.0 minutes. He shot nearly 48 percent from the field, shot a respectable 36 percent from 3-point range and averaged 1.5 steals.

The pick comes after the Bulls opted for the safe route and Duke center Wendell Carter with the 7th pick.

The Bulls were in desparate need of versatility on the wing and they get it in Hutchinson, who projects as someone who can play both forward positions.