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Carlos Boozer still hurting, but expects to return soon

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Carlos Boozer .jpgFew injuries go from day-to-day to week-to-week like a hamstring. But Bulls forward Carlos Boozer is hopeful his sore hamstring won't turn into a long-term ordeal.

''I don't think so,'' Boozer said Friday morning prior to the Bulls' shootaround at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. ''Even if I don't play tonight -- which I might play, but if I don't it shouldn't be more than a couple more days.''

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau officially -- habitually, actually -- listed Boozer as a game-time decision. Boozer said his hamstring was feeling better, but he didn't want to rush back into action.

''I'm all right. Hangin' in there,'' he said. ''It's a little bit better today. Still sore and stiff. [I'll] warm up see how it feels. I'm going to be smart.

Boozer said he suffered the injury early in the first quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night. ''Got banged up a little bit,'' he said. ''Came down funny. No foul. No free throws. But I came up a little sore on that one.''

He played through it and scored 13 points with four rebounds in 27 minutes of the Bulls' 93-85 victory at the United Center. ''That's probably why it got worse the next day,'' said Boozer, whose streak of 123 consecutive games played ended when he sat out against the Bucks in Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

Boozer, who is averaging 15.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this season, though shooting a career-low 47.5 percent from the field, resisted the notion that he will miss a week or more. But he is certain he will not rush the rehabilitation.

''It's like a groin,'' he said. ''It's one of those things where you might not feel it right away but then you make a long stride and the next thing you know you pull it. Kind of like what [Luol Deng] did. Lu hurt it in Toronto, but pulled it in Boston. You've got to be smart and careful about it. I'm going to be smart and careful about it.''

If Boozer does not play against the Nets, it is assumed that Taj Gibson will start in his place. ''He could,'' Thibodeau said.

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