The Chicago Bulls are a team that knows a lot about surviving in regards to their 2012-2013 NBA season. For the entire season, they’ve been surviving and succeeding without their star point guard Derrick Rose in the lineup. Then, over the past few weeks, they have been forced to persevere without their All-Star center Joakim Noah on the floor because of his plantar fasciitis.
Through all of these hardships and injuries, though, the Bulls have remained relevant in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, currently holding down the five-seed. Various players have stepped up for them at various times throughout the season to help carry them to victories.
At times it’s been Luol Deng, at times it’s been Nate Robinson, and at times it’s been other guys. Over the past few weeks, though, Carlos Boozer definitely fits into that category.
Boozer has never been a great defensive player. In fact, his defense has been one of the reasons that many people question his value for the Bulls. Honestly, his defense has remained mediocre at best over the past few games, but what he’s been able to do offensively and on the boards has outweighed any negatives that his defense may bring.
Over his last 10 games, Boozer has played just 34.8 minutes per game, which is surprisingly low for a Tom Thibodeau-coached team. In those minutes, though, he has been able to average 19.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, three assists and, surprisingly enough, 0.9 steals per game. Moreover, he has also shot a fantastic 53.8 percent from the field.
With Noah still battling with his foot condition and with Rose’s return still shrouded with questions and doubt, players like Deng and Boozer are going to have to consistently play at a high level for the Bulls to make any noise in the postseason. Boozer seems to be on track to do what he needs to do when the time comes.