Boozer will try to play against Hawks

Bulls forward Carlos Boozer and Hawks guard Jeff Teague were in

the starting lineups for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference

semifinals between Chicago and Atlanta on Monday.

Boozer had said after the morning shootaround that he was

feeling ”a lot better” after being limited by turf toe on his

right foot and planned to suit up barring any setbacks during

pregame warmups. He was a limited participant in practice on Sunday

after sitting out Friday and Saturday following two off days.

His toe problem surfaced while scoring during the second quarter

of Game 5 of the Bulls’ opening-round series against Indiana.

Teague is starting at point guard for the Hawks with Kirk

Hinrich likely missing the series after severely straining his

hamstring in the clinching win in the opening round against


Mostly a reserve during the regular season, Teague appeared in

just two games and played a total of nine minutes against the

Magic. Now, he has the unenviable task of trying to contain MVP

candidate Derrick Rose.

”I won’t be on an island. There will be a lot of others helping

me out,” Teague said.

Marvin Williams also started at small forward for the Hawks

after coming off the bench in the opening round, with Josh Smith at

power forward, Al Horford at center and Jason Collins in a reserve