Carlos Boozer plays vs. Magic
"I'm playing," Boozer said after pregame warm-ups.
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Boozer broke his right pinkie on Oct. 2, and his first full day of contact at practice was Monday.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wanted to make sure the team's biggest acquisition wasn't rushed on the court too quickly, but he was anxious to put the former All-Star in the starting lineup.
The Bulls are coming off their first successful "Circus Trip" since the Michael Jordan era by going 4-3. Wednesday will be their first home game since the trip ended.
Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was excited to have Boozer in the lineup.
"It's going to mean a lot. Don't go out there assuming everything is going to be perfect, though," Rose said Wednesday with a laugh. "I think tonight, our timing probably [will] be off, [maybe] it won't. We will have to see. But he's a great player for us. He's been doing a lot in practice. He's the only one who has energized legs, so he's dunking everything. So hopefully he dunks all the balls tonight."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.