Carlos Boozer sprained his ankle in the game-winning possession of Saturday's win against the Heat. He is not making the trip to Memphis for the Bulls game against the Grizzlies on Monday afternoon to "receive treatment," Sam Smith reported Sunday at Bulls.com.
No word on how long he'll be out. Sprained ankles always range from day-to-day to four weeks.
Taj Gibson will start at the four in Boozer's spot and Smith speculates James Johnson could return to the rotation with Boozer out. Maybe, because Tom Thibodeau seems more comfortable with ten-man rotations, but with Luol Deng can also play the four. No reason to not just use a nine-man rotation with Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, Omer Asik, and C.J. Watson coming off the bench.
Boozer is averaging 20.1 PPG and 10.1 RPG in 25 games this season after
missing the first month and the entire preseason, playing 32 MPG with a
Usage Rate of 28.1% and a FG% of .559. He has 16 double-doubles -- five
in the last six games, eight in the last 10, 12 in the last 15, and 14
in the last 18. (Basketball-Reference)
UPDATE (1/17/11): Boozer is listed as day-to-day, improved on Sunday, and the team will know more Tuesday. Thibs said remaining with a ten-man rotation by inserting JJ or Brian Scalabrine into it will be "depending on how [the game] goes, matchups," K.C. Johnson reported Monday at the Chicago Tribune.