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