Carlos Boozer’s Final Dud in Utah?

by May 11, 2010

If last night’s game was the last in Boozer’s career as a member of the Utah Jazz, he will have gone out with a wimper. The Deseret News reports: “Nobody knows where Carlos Boozer will end up after he becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason. That’s not the only unsettled — and unsettling — question regarding the Utah Jazz power forward. Many had to wonder where he was Monday for most of Game 4, too. Miami? Chicago? New Jersey? Detroit? Boozer — especially his offensive game the Jazz rely on — was missing in action for much of the night during Utah’s season-ending 111-96 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at EnergySolutions Arena. ‘I thought I was terrible,’ Boozer admitted. Struggling again to cope with the Los Angeles Lakers’ length, Boozer didn’t seem to save his best for what could have been his last performance in a Jazz uniform. Though he grabbed 14 rebounds, Boozer’s shot was way off again … He missed seven of 11 field goals and finished with only 10 points. His night began with a turnover and ended with him fouling out with 3:31 remaining after he pushed Pau Gasol in the back. Boozer said the thought that this might be his Jazz finale didn’t cross his mind, even after sitting out the final few minutes on the bench. ‘I wasn’t thinking about that. I was disappointed in our effort. I didn’t play my best game,’ Boozer said. ‘Our team didn’t play our best game of the series. I’m just disappointed that we lost in that fashion. I expected us to win tonight and take it back to L.A.’ Amplifying Boozer’s woes was the fact that one of the guys he guarded outscored him by 23 points. Gasol punished Boozer and other Jazz defenders inside and out, scoring a game-high 33 points with 14 rebounds.”