Here’s part of the reason why the Chicago Bulls have been shorthanded as of late (they have played eight players in the past two games). Joakim Noah hasn’t felt right. Here’s ESPN Chicago with the story:
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is unsure when he will return to the lineup.
“My foot is swelling (and) is bothering me,” Noah said. “Plantar fasciitis is kind of coming back, so I have issues with my foot. It’s frustrating, but I’m hoping that with a little bit of rest I’ll be all right.”
Noah has had issues with this before (he had plantar fasciitis three years ago). And, apparently, it had been bothering him for a while. Here’s Noah again:
“It started about 10 days ago,” he said. “It’s just been getting worse and worse and I just knew that I needed some rest. It’s frustrating because I want to be out there but I wasn’t able to go today.”
While it says that he’ll be sidelined “indefinitely”, Noah should be back soon. It’s just hard to get a timetable on plantar fasciitis as the pain will linger for a while. Noah was also selected in his first all-star game and there’s no word yet on whether he’ll sit this one out or play in the midseason exhibition.
The Bulls have been hit with injuries pretty much the entire season and yet they’ve trudged on. Chicago is currently 29-18, which is good for third in the Eastern Conference. They haven’t had Derrick Rose all season, who tore his ACL in last season’s playoffs. He could be due back in a few weeks. Kirk Hinrich has been out with an elbow injury. Luol Deng has missed some time because of his right hamstring while Carlos Boozer is also dealing with his own right hamstring injury.
But Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has been getting quality play from guys like Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Nate Robinson. Chicago has won six of their last eight, including an impressive road win over Atlanta on Saturday night.
Noah is averaging 12.1 points and 11.3 boards this season.