Boozer sits out game for funeral

Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2004

CLEVELAND - Cavaliers forward Carlos Boozer missed Wednesday night's game against the Miami Heat so he could be with his family following his grandmother's funeral.

Boozer had planned to fly back from the funeral and arrive right before tipoff. However, after traveling to Washington, D.C., for the funeral, he decided to remain with his grieving family.

"It's something you have to deal with," Cavs coach Paul Silas said. "His mom is not doing well and he wants to be with her."

Boozer's grandmother was buried at Arlington National Cemetery because his grandfather was a Tuskegee airman.

Boozer, a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, is the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 20.7 points, 15.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in three games. He posted consecutive 32-point games while the Cavs were without rookie star LeBron James.

The second-year forward has posted five straight double-doubles and is averaging 23.4 points and 16 rebounds in those games. Boozer, who has 18 double-doubles this season, is expected to rejoin the club for practice on Thursday.

Boozer missed six games earlier this season with a sprained ankle and Cleveland went 0-6 without him.

Ira Newble started in Boozer's place against Miami.



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