Carlos Boozer out vs. Mavericks

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer missed another game as his team beat the Dallas Mavericks, 82-77, on Thursday night.

It's the third straight game he missed with a sprained left ankle.

"He didn't go through the shootaround," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Thursday morning, before Boozer was ruled out. "But [he's] getting close, getting close."

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.