Carlos Boozer says sore hamstring is getting better quickly
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org February 2, 2013 12:40AM
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Updated: March 3, 2013 6:18AM
NEW YORK — Hamstring injuries routinely go from day-to-day to week-to-week. But Carlos Boozer doesn’t believe that will be the case with his sore hamstring, which kept him out of his second consecutive game Friday night.
‘‘It shouldn’t be more than a couple more days,’’ Boozer said before the Bulls’ game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
Boozer, who had started 123 consecutive games, said he suffered the injury early in the first quarter of Monday night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the United Center. But with his adrenaline flowing, he kept playing and finished with 13 points and four rebounds in 27 minutes.
‘‘That’s probably why it got worse the next day,’’ he said.
Though he still considers it a day-to-day injury, Boozer isn’t going to rush back.
‘‘It’s like a groin. It’s one of those things where you might not feel it right away, but then you make a long stride and the next thing you know you pull it,’’ Boozer said. ‘‘Kind of like what [Luol Deng] did. Lu hurt it in Toronto but pulled it in Boston. I’m going to be smart and careful about it.’’
Home sweet home
Taj Gibson has played in New York City before, at Madison Square Garden, but Friday night’s game was a real homecoming. Gibson grew up in Brooklyn, just 10 minutes from Barclays Center.
‘‘It’s great,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s just amazing to come here and see a lot of new technology and it shows that they put a lot of time in, a lot of money into it and it’s good for the community to see little kids come in here and see that good things happen in Brookly. It’s kind of one up on the Garden.’’
‘Jimmy got robbed’
Boozer has been one of Jimmy Butler’s biggest supporters and was disappointed Butler did not get selected to the NBA’s Rising Star Challenge for promising first- and second-year players.
‘‘Jimmy got robbed, by the way,’’ Boozer said unsolicited after answering a question about his hamstring. ‘‘He should have been in that game.’’
With Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich out with injuries, rookie Marquis Teague got his first quality playing time in a month against the Nets. Teague, who had played 19 minutes in the previous 16 games, played 6:34 of the second quarter and was 0-for-2 with a steal, turnover and rebound. The Bulls outscored the Nets 13-9 while Teague was on the floor.
‘‘Whenever he’s been called upon he’s played well,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said.
‘‘He’s doing a good job coming in every day. Gets there early. Works hard. [He’s] young. Still learning. What we want him to concentrate on is encouragement and when he’s called upon, go out and do your job.’’