Asik done for Season
Well now we know why he only played 2 minutes in a must win critical game 4.
Chicago Bulls backup center Omer Asik is out for the remainder of the playoffs and his status for the World Championships is now in question. First reported by Comcast Chicago and confirmed by KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Asik has a fractured left fibula. For those of you who have no idea what a Fibula is, it is one of the bones in your calf.
This makes much more sense then earlier reports that Asik was going to miss the rest of the playoffs due to the calf strain that had him as a game time decision before game 4.
Looking at the numbers or box score won't show just what kind of loss this is to the Bulls. Omer provided depth, size and energy to the Bulls second unit. When he left game 2 with that great block on Dwayne Wade and he had to leave the game you might be able to say that was the turning point in the series.
Asik played in all 82 regular seaso games averaging about 12 minutes a night while scoring 2.8 points and grabbing 3.7 rebounds. He also shot 55.3% from the field which were mostly dunks. In the playoffs his number have dropped playing only 9.9 minutes while averaging 1 poiint and 2.1 rebounds but has mostly been used for his defense.
Omer means much more to Turkey however then he does to the Bulls. He was their starting center and helped lead them to the silver medal in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. You may remember they lost in the gold medal game to Derrick Rose & Team USA. Asik averaged 8.9 points and 6.8 rebounds during the championships.
Let's hope Omer has a speedy recovery and is ready to take the floor next season for the Bulls and build on his promising rookie season.