Carlos Boozer strained his oblique late in the season, and sat out the last two games of the season. He was listed as a game time decision late this week and questionable as of this morning. But after shootaround, Ross Siler of the Salt Lake City Tribune is reporting that Boozer has decided to play in Game One tonight.
Boozer going is vital with the Jazz already without Andrei Kirilenko. The Jazz need to be able to combat the Nuggets big, who would have a huge rebounding advantage with Boozer out. The question lies with the way the Nuggets push the tempo. Boozer’s going to have to get up and down the floor, and that could cause wear and tear.
Boozer’s down low ability shouldn’t be hampered by the injury, but the tempo could cause further injury. Jerry Sloan will have to watch his minutes. If Millsap can step up and make some of the offense up, it’ll let the Jazz rely on their perimeter play, which is strong.
We’ll keep you posted on Boozer’s status.