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Friday, February 7, 2014
Carlos Boozer hurt 'jumping around'

By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer did not play in Thursday night's loss to the Golden State Warriors after tweaking a left calf injury while warming up in the locker room before the game.

Boozer, who has been dealing with the same calf injury for several weeks now and has missed various games and practices because of it, was listed in the starting lineup.

"It was sort of a freaky sort of thing," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "He was jumping around before the game in the locker room, getting ready to come out, and tweaked something in his calf. He was dressed and ready to go. He had gone through everything [and] was fine. He was fine this morning, and [it was] just one of those things."

Bulls forward Taj Gibson started in Boozer's place and scored 26 points.

This isn't the first odd injury the veteran forward has sustained. In his first season with the Bulls, he tripped over a bag and fractured a bone in his hand. He missed most of training camp and the first month of the season.

"I didn't know until 20 minutes before the game," Thibodeau said. "He was in pregame and then he was jumping around trying to get warm before going out and tweaked something."

Thibodeau isn't sure whether Boozer will be out for an extended amount of time.

"I don't know," he said. "And I don't want to jump to any [conclusions] but it's the same calf that was bothering him from before."