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While Carlos Boozer had a respectable regular season for the Chicago Bulls, he disappeared when the playoffs rolled around.
Boozer averaged 12.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists on 43.3 percent shooting.
Those are down from his regular season marks of 17.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists on 51 percent shooting.
The Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat shut down Boozer, who was so ineffective that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau benched him in the fourth quarter of Chicago's final postseason game for backup Taj Gibson.
Boozer had at least 15 points and 10 rebounds in just five of 16 playoff contests. He had six games where he scored single-digits, including a two-point showing on 1-of-5 shooting against the Pacers.
With Boozer mostly ineffective against the Heat, Miami double- and triple-teamed Derrick Rose. This resulted in Rose shooting poorly and the Bulls' offense declined.
Boozer was brought in to help the Bulls win an NBA title. Showing up in the postseason would make him worthy of his contract and silence the haters like this writer.
Bob Bajek is a writing intern at Bleacher Report. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed at Patch.com and Twitter.