Carlos Boozer will play against Cavs

Updated: January 22, 2011, 6:54 PM ET
By Nick Friedell |

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer said he will play Saturday night against the Cavaliers after missing three games with a sprained left ankle.

He had already been optimistic after Friday's practice.

"My ankle felt great today," Boozer said Friday. "I ran a little bit on the treadmill, got some shots up early, walked through some stuff with the team. [The] ankle feels pretty good."

Boozer sprained the ankle at the end of last Saturday's game against the Miami Heat and has missed three consecutive games. He said it has improved significantly over the past few days, given that it was the size of a "grapefruit" after the game Saturday night.

Boozer doesn't expect to be limited in any way.

"If I can go, I'll go," Boozer said on Friday. "My adrenaline will take me through. I'll be straight."

Boozer missed the first month of the season after breaking his right hand on Oct. 2 after tripping over a bag in his home.

He is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds a game this season.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for and ESPN 1000.

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