Jan 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Lakers 95-83. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Boozer Back? Big Man a Game-Time Decision Against Indiana Pacers

After missing three consecutive games with a hamstring injury, Carlos Boozer might make his return to the Chicago Bulls tonight against the Indiana Pacers.

The Bulls have performed well without Boozer, going 2-1 in those three games, with wins in Milwaukee and Atlanta and a loss in Brooklyn. Taj Gibson has filled in admirably for Boozer, averaging about 16 points and 12 rebounds in three games. Gibson played virtually the entire game in both Brooklyn and Atlanta, after Joakim Noah went out with an injury.

Speaking of Noah, ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell reports that Noah said he likely won’t be back in time for tonight’s game, but hopes to return in time for Thursday’s tilt with the Denver Nuggets. Noah’s dealing with plantar fasciitis, which is the same injury Rip Hamilton had earlier this year, and the same one Noah missed about a month with back in 2009-10.

The good news is that Noah obviously came back just fine from said injury. The bad news is that he missed about 20 games. And Noah’s been one of the most important players for the Bulls this year, so having him out for 20 games might very well be disastrous. Boozer and Gibson are the only decent big men left on the roster if Noah’s out, and while Luol Deng has shown the ability to play power forward in some lineups, he’s been banged up and plays too many minutes anyway.

But hopefully Boozer will be back soon, so that’s something.

Tags: Carlos Boozer Indiana Pacers Injuries Joakim Noah Taj Gibson

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