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Boozer making progress, no timetable for return

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Boozer making progress, no timetable for return

Monday, March 14, 2011
Posted: 2:17 p.m.

By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com
The sprained left ankle of Carlos Boozer is improving, but in typically mysterious fashion, the power forward wont set a timetable on his return to the Bulls lineup.

Getting better every day. Today was a little better than yesterday and Im seeing good improvement, so Im happy with that, said Boozer after Mondays practice at the Berto Center. When my ankles ready Ill be back, but our team is playing great.

Ive got to work on my landing, huh? Bad landing, but thank God its just my ankle and its getting better, so hopefully Ill be back very soon, he quipped when discussing the injuryhe termed the flagrant foul by Bobcats center Kwame Brown that caused it a basketball playwith reporters. Its still swollen, but itll get down. The pain will go away at some point.

Although Boozer did some shooting Monday, he didnt practice with the team. Still, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau hazarded an educated guess about when the two-time All-Star would return.

Boozer did a little bit more. Didnt do anything in practice, but did some cardio, some weightlifting. Better today. Well see where he is tomorrow, said Bulls head coach Thibodeau. Each day, hes gotten better, so Boozer will return probably within the week.

Obviously wed rather have him back, continued the coach. But if hes not back, we feel good about our bench.

In Boozers two-game absence thus far, Thibodeau has started veteran Kurt Thomas, citing his preference to keep the teams second unitparticularly the defensive-minded duo of young big men Taj Gibson and rookie Omer Asikintact. Chicago has won both games Boozer has missed, keeping alive the teams six-game winning streak.

Both Boozer and Thibodeau have compared the power forwards current injury to a previous sprained ankle he suffered this season, after which he missed three games. After facing Washington at home Tuesday night, the Bulls will hit the road, taking on New Jersey and Indiana.

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.

Bulls Talk Podcast: 90s Throwback: Will Perdue discusses the Jordan effect

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Bulls Talk Podcast: 90s Throwback: Will Perdue discusses the Jordan effect

In our 90s throwback series we have been discussing the most important time in franchise history with people that were in it. This week host Jason Goff is joined by NBC Sports Chicago Bulls analyst and former Bull Will Perdue to discuss life as one of the greatest teams in the history of the sport.

(1:18) - Event that let him know this was going to be special

(4:40) - Being a teammate of Michael Jordan

(7:28) - Bulls had plenty of rivalries

(11:40) - Felt bad that Michael stopped other good players from winning

(12:40) - Phil Jackson was a master manipulator

(21:10) - Difference between Popovich and Jackson

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Lauri Markkanen to miss extended time with 'stress reaction of pelvis'

Lauri Markkanen to miss extended time with 'stress reaction of pelvis'

Friday afternoon, the Bulls announced that Lauri Markkanen will miss extended time with a stress reaction of his right pelvis.

The stress reaction was discovered in its early stages as a result of an MRI that Markkenan underwent on Jan. 23.

While the Bulls made no mention of a procedure in their statement, Markkanen will undergo a 'period of rest', with a recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks.

This is a surprising and unfortunate setback for Markkanen, who has been enduring an up and down campaign. Markkanen is currently averaging career lows in points (15), rebounds (6.5) and field goal attempts (12) per game. He had been playing through an ankle injury for the past few weeks.

And for the Bulls, it's another layer to a tumultuous month of January. The team is already without Wendell Carter Jr., Daniel Gafford and Otto Porter Jr. for the immediate future.

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