Taj Gibson returns to practice; Carlos Boozer likely to make Bulls debut on Wednesday

Per Comcast Sportsnet Insider Aggrey Sam:


Thibs: Taj practiced (well!)
today, gametime decision on Booz tomorrow

Despite Carlos Boozer sounding unsure  on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" about a return this Wednesday, Tom Thibodeau has pronounced Boozer a game-time decision for Wednesday night's game against the Orlando Magic.

Mike McGraw, covering the Bulls for the Daily Herald, also had positive things to say in recent tweets:


Bulls F Taj Gibson (sore foot)
did practice today, wearing the white jersey of the second string....


No setbacks for Carlos Boozer
today. Looks like he's almost certain to play Wed. vs. Orlando.

Two positives to take out of the first tweet:

1) After missing Monday's practice, Gibson practiced today. Once Boozer returns, Gibson will give the Bulls another great weapon off the bench. He has already proven that he can be a starting-caliber PF in the NBA; it just so happens to be that the Bulls used their offseason cash to sign another PF, Carlos Boozer.

Boozer is at a different level than Gibson at this stage of their respective careers, but Gibson  is a very good role player, and should give the Bulls a different dimension coming off the bench.

2) Gibson was wearing the white jersey: signifying that he's playing with the second unit. This is good because that means that Boozer, who practiced for the first time in just over a month, was with the first unit. The Bulls need Boozer to be their starting PF if they're going to make a championship run, something Gibson very well understands.

All things coming out of the Berto Center have been positive; if Carlos Boozer indeed plays tomorrow night, it won't be the stiffest of tests for the two-time All-Star.

The Magic, who are an Eastern Conference favorite, don't have much size besides man-child Dwight Howard. Rashard Lewis and Brandon Bass handle the PF duties for the Magic.

Bass is an undersized PF, listed at 6'8 and doesn't have the strength to handle Boozer.

While Lewis is 6'10, however, Boozer has a good 35-40 pounds on him.

A matchup against the Magic will be ideal for Boozer's Chicago Bulls debut. But fans should be paying attention to how his pinkie holds up, not his play.

Boozer will return to a nightly 20/10 lock, but it will take some time. He's going to be rusty the first few games, but the way the Bulls have been playing, anything Boozer gives them will be enough to make them even more scarier.

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