05 April 2011
In the 27 games that Noah missed due to injury, Boozer averaged 19.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and shot 55%. In the 26 games Boozer has played with Noah, Boozer's stats fall off - 15.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 49% shooting.
Carl's theory is right on. In Utah, Boozer played alongside Memhet Okur, who would spread the floor for Boozer. Noah doesn't have the ability to do that.
I'm not trying to say that Boozer isn't as good without a stretch 5, but I think you'd see similar stats for every power forward. This allows Carlos to face multiple double teams.
Going into the playoffs, maybe the Bulls should use a different second quarter rotation - play Boozer with Taj or Kurt to start the second quarter. Sit Carlos late in the first quarter, and then bring back Joakim around the 6 minute mark in the second half. And if they're gonna tweak the rotation, might as well take Bogans completely out of it.
What I have seen lately is an increase in Boozer's passing production. He's been passing out of doubles, and getting open shots for his teammates. When he works the high-lo with Joakim, they can be lethal together. And since they've only played 26 games, maybe that chemistry can build over the past week.
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