Boozer attended Tuesday's game and received pregame treatment.
"He hasn't been able to do anything basketball-wise," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "The swelling is down. He's moving without a limp. Once (trainer Fred Tedeschi) clears him, he'll be back out there. We just want to be smart about that and make sure he's completely healthy."
Along those lines, it's unlikely Boozer will return Thursday to match up against Dirk Nowitzki
when the Mavericks are in town. Though Boozer is listed as day-to-day,
several in the organization expressed concern he will miss all four
games this week. The Bulls face the Cavaliers on Saturday.
Pinning it down: The exact game Joakim Noah
will return from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb
remains unknown. Noah will get his pin removed Jan. 25, which will
accelerate his rehabilitation schedule.
"That will help me get the hand and thumb stronger," Noah said. "I'm pleased with where I am now."
After his surgery Dec. 16, the team estimated Noah would be sidelined
eight to 12 weeks. A late February or early March return remains the
"He's at every practice," Thibodeau said. "He's
working out. He's doing everything he should do. ... He has been doing
some stuff with basketball, working on his left hand. Everything is on
Sorry for the lack of game recap, but my wifi-device for the train isn't working which is taking away all of my regular blog writing time. I hope to have a solution shortly.
As for this quick news, I find it interesting that K.C. Johnson continues to say Late February to early March as the best guess estimate, but then say everything is on schedule. 8 weeks is February 11th, 10 is February 25th, and 12 is March 11th. K.C. has typically been hinting at an 11-12 week timeline for return as he's usually noted March as the month Noah will get back.
Is there reason to think that Noah is going to come in at the late end of the timeframe rather than the early one? It will take as long as it takes to heal. No knock on Noah if he's out until March, that's just the way it will go. However, I think it odd that we'd call that the "normal" timeline. It'd be just as normal for him to come back Feb 11th.
As for Boozer, well no surprise if he's out for Thursday, the initial reports made that seem likely. Hopefully we get him back for the Saturday game.