Joakim Noah will probably be sitting on the bench during the Chicago Bulls game against the Philadelphia 76ers tonight, but Coach Tom Thibodeau still has a sliver of hope. Last night the Bulls coach said that his starting center would miss game five but after morning practice today he was more optimistic about Noah’s chances to play.
“We’ll see. Maybe it gets better from now until tonight.”
Noah sprained his ankle during game three of the NBA playoffs. The star center sat out game four and is now a game time decision for the Bulls’ must win game tonight against the 76ers.
Fox Sports reports that Noah took a couple of shots during practice this morning but was still walking with a noticeable limp.
The Bulls have been plagued by injuries this season but still managed to grab the best record in the NBA. The playoffs, however, are turning out a little different. Derrick Rose went down with a season ending injury during the first game of the NBA playoffs and the Bulls lost game Noah in game three. Chicago is now down 1-3 in the series and if they lose tonight their playoff run will officially end.
Kyle Korver said without Noah and Rose the Bulls are a much slower team. Korver told ESPN:
“Derrick and Jo are two of the guys that get the ball and we go out and run… Jo gets the ball and he goes out and runs. Derrick obviously with his speed … and we’re not getting fast-break points. We’re not getting into our sets very quickly, so we’re having to take a lot tougher shots…. So I think that’s where we miss them. We miss them in a lot of ways, but I think we miss them a lot in our ability to run. We got a deep team, we’ve got a lot of bodies. One of our strengths all year has been getting out and running, and we haven’t been able to do that this series.”
Do you think the Chicago Bulls will win be able to win without Noah tonight?
The Chicago Bulls aren’t the only team suffering from injuries in the post-season. The New York Knicks will face the Miami Heat tomorrow night without Baron Davis, Iman Shumpert, or Jeremy Lin.