CHICAGO -- For a player who came to the Bulls after having missed 28 percent of his 492 regular-season games with the Jazz, Carlos Boozer has been a veritable ironman for the injury-plagued Bulls.
Boozer missed his first game of the season Saturday night with a sore right knee that the Bulls don't believe will sideline him long. Boozer felt soreness after Thursday's victory over the Celtics, and coach Tom Thibodeau said an MRI came back negative.
Boozer played in every game in a season for the first time in his career during the lockout-shortened, 66-game 2011-12 season. Last season, Boozer missed only three games and had the longest consecutive-games streak of his career end at 123.
"He never misses practices or games really," Thibodeau said. "It has been a big plus."
Boozer's absence forced Thibodeau to employ his 14th starting lineup in just 32 games.
Bombs away: Just 2 minutes, 1 second in, Kyle Korver ran his NBA-record streak with at least one 3-pointer to 103 games. That's 14 games past the previous mark for a streak that began on Nov. 4, 2012.
"Everybody knows about it now and I think everyone's always trying to (end) it, which is fine," Korver said. "That's what they're supposed to do. But it's nice to be part of a record, for sure."
Korver made just 2 of 7 3s against the Bulls but at 47.2 percent trails only another former Bull, the Spurs' Marco Belinelli.
"I don't know what the reason is, but I definitely haven't shot the ball well for a couple of weeks now," Korver said.
Chicago remains a special place for Korver.
"I have so much respect for the core of the Chicago Bulls the last few years -- just the way they approach practice, games, details and the way they play every day," he said. "When you've been part of that, like the blood, sweat and tears for a couple of years, it kind of carves a spot in your heart a little bit."
Layups: The Bulls chased both Elton Brand and Marcus Camby hard in free agency last summer, hoping one would sign as a fifth big man. When the Hawks offered a one-year, $4 million deal, Brand turned down the chance to return to where he started his career. ... Like Thibodeau, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who worked for the Spurs' Gregg Popovich, toiled for two decades as an assistant before landing his first head coaching gig. "The success Thibs has had here gives guys like me and (Bobcats coach) Steve Clifford a chance for somebody to say we believe in you," Budenholzer said.
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