That's because Carlos Boozer
will not make the trip with the team in order to get treatment on his
sprained left ankle. The team does not know how long Boozer will be out
as sprained ankles generally become a day-to-day event.
But Boozer experienced significant swelling and was in a walking boot
as he left the United Center after Saturday's thrilling win over the
Miami Heat. Actually more of a riding boot as Boozer was being driven in
a cart and wasn't walking very well.
So Taj Gibson will return to the starting lineup, where he was to start the season with Boozer sidelined with a broken hand.
Well that's going to make the Memphis game considerably more difficult. The Bulls front court is very thin now, and they'll need to hope to get quality minutes from Asik as well as play more small ball.
Hopefully Taj Gibson gets out of his funk, because the Bulls will absolutely rely on him to perform while Boozer is out. The knowledge that he's going to get big playing time might be enough to increase performance as more reps often means a greater chance to play through issues for players.
The Bulls face Charlotte on Tuesday in a back to back, and if Boozer is already ruled out for Monday, odds are pretty good that he'll miss that game as well. At this point, I'll simply hope he makes it back for the Dallas game on Thursday.
It definitely changes the tenor of the week to be missing him again. Given Boozer's history, it wouldn't surprise me if he misses at least a full week and possibly longer.