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Boozer a gametime decision, Rose joins team in Orlando

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Carlos Boozer missed this morning's shootaround because of illness that caused him to stay at the team's hotel and will be a game-time decision when the Bulls take on the Orlando Magic.

If Boozer is unable to go, Taj Gibson is expected to take over the starting duties. Boozer missed his only two games of the season earlier this month with a sore right knee.

Derrick Rose joined his teammates on the trip to Orlando, just a couple of days after it was learned he was off of crutches and he was a "couple of weeks" away from traveling with the team.

The point guard is out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair his right medial meniscus he tore on Nov. 22 in a game in Portland. Rose has consistently been a presence at the Bulls' practice facility, but this is the first time he has traveled with the team since his injury.

"It’s always good to have him around," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters. "You guys don’t see him but he’s (at the Berto Center) every day. The players are used to having him around. Now that he doesn’t have the crutches, it’s better for him to be with us where he can do his rehab with us and stuff like that.

"He’s doing fine. He’s right where he should be. He can do upper body. He’s in the pool. He’s doing stuff like that."

Teague recalled from D-League

The Bulls announced that they have recalled second-year guard Marquis Teague from the Iowa Energy of the NBA's Developmental League.

Teague was assigned to the Energy at the end of December. In eight games, he averaged 12 points on .462 shooting, 4.8 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 24 minutes a game.

He will be join the team in Orlando.


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