Carlos Boozer will not be active for the Chicago Bulls when they play the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, the team announced prior to the game. Boozer is suffering from tightness in his calf but is hopeful he can play Tuesday. He also missed the team's loss to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Taj Gibson is expected to start in his place.
Boozer is averaging 14.8 points per game and is the team's leading scorer through the season. The Bulls' offense has struggled without Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, and the team currently has the third-worst offensive rating in the NBA. Chicago averages just 100.1 points per 100 possessions, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
Chicago is under .500 currently with a 24-25 record, but are still in line to make the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. The team has been on the road since Jan. 29 and plays its sixth-straight game away from Chicago when it faces the Lakers. The Bulls have gone 3-2 through the first five games of the trip.