Is Carlos Boozer Injured? | Sharapova's Thigh

Is Carlos Boozer Injured?

Posted by Matt Clapp | 4/27/2011 04:51:00 PM | , , , ,


I posted what you're about to read on a message board I frequent for my nerdy Chicago sports talk/ranting. Since I spent a bit of time researching for it, and since I posted much of it in a bunch of tweets, I figured I'd just throw it all up on my blog.

This why I think there's a very good chance Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer is dealing with an injury(more than just this "turf toe" that he was diagnosed with in game five against Pacers) that either he and/or the Bulls are hiding:

Before All-Star Break(36 games): 19.3 PTS, 9.9 REB, .542 FG%
After All-Star Break(23 games): 14.8 PTS, 9.0 REB, .455 FG%

December FG %(16 games): .551
January FG %(13 games): .539
February FG%(11 games): .503
March FG%(11 games): .464
April FG%(8 games): .440

And if people are wondering, well, how's he done in the playoffs? Really damn good for the most part, except for this year obviously.

06-07(17 games): 23.5 PTS, 12.2 REB, .536 FG%
07-08(12 games): 16.0 PTS, 12.3 REB, .415 FG%
08-09(5 games): 20.6 PTS, 13.2 REB, .528 FG%
09-10(10 games): 19.7 PTS, 13.2 REB(playoff leader), .530 FG%
10-11(5 games so far): 10.0 PTS, 10.2 REB, .357 FG%

Those are some pretty convincing numbers that something must be up. He's never much been much of a choker in the playoffs or big games.. And before the All-Star break, he looked like the normal Carlos Boozer. Now, he looks just horrible.

1st Half 20-point, 10-rebound games:

29-12
22-18(vs Indiana)
34-12
30-10
26-19
31-11
20-15
20-11
31-13
22-10
27-11
23-14
20-10
24-10(vs Indiana again)
21-10

That's 15 20-10 games out of 36 total games.

2nd Half 20-point, 10-rebound games:

24-14
24-11

2 20-10 games out of 26 total games.

Joakim Noah's return could have had a bit of an impact on the numbers, but I don't know... sure is quite a ridiculous difference.
As I concluded, Noah's return following injury could have impacted Boozer's production a bit, but the field goal percentage especially shouldn't be making that big of a drop.

And Boozer's explosiveness has clearly been lacking of late. I think I've seen him maybe ATTEMPT three dunks over the last few months. It would also make more sense as to why he's been constantly in foul trouble over the last couple of months, as he has to fight harder on the boards or to elevate in the lane for layups when his body isn't completely allowing him to do so.

Maybe he's just in a horrible, horrible slump, but his very consistent career leads me to believe that it's more than that.

What do you think?

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