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Carlos Boozer, CHI: B
Normally, I find myself writing about how poorly or how amazing Carlos Boozer played. There really hasn't been an in between. In Game 5, there was.
Boozer hit on 4-of-8 shots from the floor and finished with 10 points. He brought down 10 rebounds as well.
On offense, I thought he did a nice job rolling off the pick-and-roll with Nate Robinson. And while I'm busy being pensive, I also thought the Bulls should have milked that more.
The real story? Boozer didn't kill Chicago on defense (save for rotations).
Then again, he spent much of his time defending Reggie Evans and Kris Humphries. Just in case you're new to the NBA circle, that's not saying much.
Reggie Evans, BKN: B-
The next timeI see Evans take a jump shot when the Nets aren't leading by at least 25 points, I'm going to walk around wearing socks that don't match.
OK, I take that back. I'm not an animal.
Jokes aside, Evans dominated the glass once again, bringing down 12 rebounds. He also helped force two steals on the defensive end and provided some well-timed help defense on Joakim Noah for Brook Lopez.
I still can't stand how useless he is on the offensive end, though. He can get offensive rebounds, but he's one of few who need to kick it out immediately instead of going back up. His touch around the rim is regrettable, and he's that bad a free-throw shooter.
At least he hustled. On a half-court oriented Nets team that at times appears allergic to running, his energy alone was huge.