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Statline: 10 Points, 7 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 4-6 FG, 2-3 FT, 1 Steal, 1 Block
The last we saw of Joakim Noah, he was on the bench wearing a walking boot, out for the playoffs with an ankle injury.
This offseason, Noah was held off the Olympic team after failing a physical in July due to that same ankle. Later, Joakim told Chicago Tribune reporter K.C Johnson, "Ankle rehab is something I think I will have to do the rest of my career." If that wasn't enough, Joakim missed parts of training camp due to the death of his grandmother.
Once Jo finally got on the court, however, he appeared to be back to normal.
He played with his usual hustle and energy, and seemed to be comfortable on the court. He also proved that he has big time playmaking potential with his four assists. It's a relief to see him back to full strength.