Boozer revealed that ligaments on both sides of his right big toe were torn as a result of the injury suffered in Game 5 of the first-round series against the Pacers.[...]There are three levels of turf toe: Grade I, which involves stretched ligaments; Grade II, which is a partially torn ligament; and Grade III, a complete tear of the ligaments and joint capsule, with a possible dislocation. Boozer wouldn't say exactly which grade his was, but he did his best to explain the pain."The doctors said on the scale of 1 to 3, with 3 being the worst; it was a 3," Boozer said.
In the first four games of the playoffs, Boozer only scored 12.0 PPG, shooting a .375 FG% (18-for-48), but grabbed 11.5 RPG -- 3.25 offensive -- and got to the FT line to shoot 12-for-17 (.706) in roughly 34 MPG. In the last four, his volume has dropped, scoring only 7.5 PPG, shooting .412 (14-for-34) and grabbing 7.5 RPG, getting to the line for only two FTs -- which he made -- in a little over 21 MPG.