Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 4:59 pm  |  16 responses

Conference Semis Injury Updates

by Eldon Khorshidi | @EldonAdam

Earlier in the day, we noted Caron Butler’s plan to return for Dallas’ series with the Lakers. Since then, injury updates have surfaced from several Eastern Conference teams still alive in the hunt for a Championship.

Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer underwent an MRI on his right big toe today, and the results point to turf toe. As of now, his status for Game 1 vs the Atlanta Hawks is uncertain. From ESPN:

“Boozer didn’t practice as the Bulls prepared to face the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals, which begin Monday at the United Center. Coach Tom Thibodeau expects Boozer to be ready for Game 1. ‘[He's] day to day,’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘He didn’t practice today. We’ll check him again [Saturday]. It’s hard to say [if he'll be ready to play Monday], but I’m thinking that he will be able to. He has some discomfort, but it’s gotten better each day. Hopefully, [Saturday] it will be a lot better.’ Boozer suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Bulls’ clinching win over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. ‘I just went up for a shot, the one I made in the second quarter, early in the second quarter, and felt a pop,’ Boozer said after the game. ‘I’m just going to get it right. It’s a good thing we got some time before the next [series].’ Boozer’s injury could open the door to more playing time for Taj Gibson. ‘Knowing Carlos, I think he’s going to play,’ Gibson said. ‘I know he’s going to play hard and he’s going to play well.’”

In other news, Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich is scheduled to undergo an MRI today on the strained hamstring he suffered in Atlanta’s Game 6 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday. Hinrich provides valuable veteran leadership and is familiar with the Bulls, as he ran with them for seven years.

Two injury updates from the Miami Heat: Forwards Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem are both doubtful for Sunday’s Game 1 vs the Boston Celtics. Miller has been nonexistent of late, as a left thumb injury limited him to fewer than seven total minutes in Miami’s first round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Haslem is still recovering from a foot injury that is taking longer than expected, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has said Haslem could miss up to “two more weeks.” At this point, all signs are pointing to a thin Miami bench to open the series.

Playing in less than 10 minutes of game action since Feb. 1, it seems like Shaquille O’Neal’s retired. But he hasn’t. Nursing a calf injury in recent weeks, O’Neal has increased his work in recent days, and Celtics coach Doc Rivers stated O’Neal should be active by Tuesday’s Game 2. O’Neal was also expected to return in Boston’s first round series against the Knicks, but ended up missing all four games.

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  • Brandon

    Boozer u starting to look like a waste of money. Boston is lunch. M.I.A. Ships All Day

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    What’s up with all these turf toes in the Chi?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Rose has been playing with turf toe the past two seasons, so I don’t wanna hear that nonsense that Boozer can’t play with it.

  • ripslam

    “Boston is lunch”? I’m thinking Miami’s bench is looking more like lunch.

  • Brandon

    Bostons bench is garbage outside of the post. This isn’t New York. No baby’s over here (r.I.p. Tony Douglas)

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Semi Finals Injury Update: I pulled a quad laughing my @ss off over at the summer of george thread.

  • The Taller Van Gundy

    Boston in 6 (: unless LeRon’s elbow flares up then I give it 5 games

  • ripslam

    So, Delonte West, Baby, Jeff Green, possibly JO, Krstic and Von Wafer is somehow inferior to Eddie House, Mario Chalmers, Juwan Howard, Joel Anthony, and James Jones? I think not.

  • lexluther703

    We’ll proboably be better off without Booze anyways, dude is KILLING us

  • Brandon

    Big baby was the name you should’ve listed if you were trying to make a argument for the celtics..it’s no point in talking..just male sure you return to this post on Sunday

  • The Taller Van Gundy

    Make was the word you should have used if you were trying to get us to come back to this post.

  • Brandon

    @the taller van gundy..contribute to the conversation instead proofreading my post

  • elvis freshly

    @Brandon, Correct your spelling errors next time.

  • The Taller Van Gundy

    @Brandon, You not my momma or my poppa or my coach so you cant tell me what to do :P

  • Riggs

    lol this dude said bostons bench is lunch. gtfo this site.

  • flipnoyce

    Boston bench is lunch???? Big baby,Jeff Greene,Krstic, Delonte, and Shaq(if he plays) are you serious homie? Will see about that. Talk about post game, has anybody seen Miami’s post up game? Bron, Wade(slasher) and Bosh are mostly jump shooters and need I mention their bench.