Omer Asik out at least through series, possibly season after ankle injury.
Posted by Matt Moore
Update 11:59 a.m.: CSN Chicago reports the injury is actually a broken fibula. Ow.
Original report: It's raining in Chicago today. And when it rains, it pours.
A day after the Bulls lost to the Heat to go down 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, a Turkish journalist reports that Bulls center Omer Asik is done for the season with an ankle injury. The Chicago Tribune confirms that Asik is done for this series at least.
It's more bad news for the Bulls as Asik's help off the bench added to the depth that was one of Chicago's major advantages and the reason they won Game 1. Asik not only helped defensively with raw size, but his attack on the glass provided points. You know points, those things Chicago can't produce at all during this series.
The loss of Asik isn't as devastating tactically considering Tom Thibodeau's bizarre decision to go with smaller and smaller lineups, trying to get out and run past the most athletic team in the league. But as the Bulls' advantage on the offensive glass continues to shrink, Asik could have helped to offset Udonis Haslem's impact. Without Asik, the Bulls will run even smaller lineups, especially if Joakim Noah gets in foul trouble going forward.
Like I said, when it rains, it pours for Chicago.