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LIVE: Boozer, Bulls seek revenge vs. Kings on CSN

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LIVE: Boozer, Bulls seek revenge vs. Kings on CSN

Monday, March 21, 2011
Posted: 2:06 p.m.

By Chris Cason
CSNChicago.com Contributor

Carlos Boozer is expected to take the floor tonight against the Sacramento Kings after missing the last five games while from recovering from a sprained left ankle he suffered on Mar. 9 against the Charlotte Bobcats.

"He was fine," Coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters Monday at shootaround. "If there aren't any problems before the game, he'll go. It's great. We want to be at full strength. He adds a lot to our team. Offensively, low-post game, pick-and-roll game, catch-and shoot. Defensively, he rebounds."

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The team took extra precaution because it was the same ankle that the power forward sprained on Jan. 15 against the Miami Heat that caused him to miss three games.

Power forward Taj Gibson is expected to be a game-time decision due to a jammed right big toe he suffered during Fridays game against the Indiana Pacers.

"Knowing me, I'll try to play," Gibson said. "But it's still swollen, so we'll see."

The Bulls are going for their 13th straight win at the United Center where they have a 30-4 record.

Bulls bring back Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal

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Bulls bring back Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal

The Bulls' defense just got a whole lot better.

Just a few hours after signing free agent center Luke Kornet, the Bulls have brought back guard Shaq Harrison on a one-year deal.

Harrison's non-guaranteed deal had been waived earlier in the month to make room for Thaddeus Young's three-year, $41 million deal.

It's not an Earth-shattering move that will shift any championship odds in Vegas, but Harrison's return gives the Bulls an outstanding defender and a 25-year-old who spread his wings offensively toward the end of last season.

Harrison's defensive worth really can't be understated. He was statistically one of the best defensive guards in the NBA last season.

His offense is another story. He doesn't exactly have ball-handling capability and his shooting splits - .432/.270/.667 - were nothing to write home about. He averaged 6.5 points in 19.6 minutes.

But he also took on an increased role late in the season with the Bulls "resting" their top-tier players. Over the final 10 games of the season, averaging 30.8 minutes a night, Harrison averaged 12.8 points on 45.8% shooting, 35.3% from deep and even managed 2.2 assists.

He'll slot in somewhere behind Zach LaVine on the second unit, with he, Denzel Valentine, Coby White and Kris Dunn (for now) battling for minutes in the backcourt.

Additional moves could be coming for the Bulls, who could still easily waive Antonio Blakeney's contract or deal Dunn to get the Bulls to 15 contracts. Kornet and Harrison would give the Bulls 16 contracts.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Concerns and optimism for Bulls after offseason moves

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Concerns and optimism for Bulls after offseason moves

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Mark Strotman, and Matt Peck discuss NBA Summer League and Bulls odds to make the postseason.

0:45       Impressions of Bulls at Summer League and not overreacting

2:00       On concern over Coby White’s 3-point shooting

3:25       On the positive signs from White in Vegas

4:40       On the pushback that Ricky O’Donnell got from suggesting Arci may be ahead of White in the rotation

7:30       Did the Bulls have an underrated offseason?

9:45       How the biggest concern and reason for optimism is health

12:00    Why a deeper roster puts more pressure on Jim Boylen and his staff

16:10    Any chance of John Sabine trying out for the Windy City Bulls?

17:05    Our favorites in the wide open Western Conference and can the Lakers make it work?

21:55    Can the Bucks put it together and win the East next season?

25:10    Darkhorse team in either conference?

28:05    Is it too much to expect the Bulls to make the playoffs?

Bulls Talk Podcast

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