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Joakim Noah Injury: Updates on Bulls Center's Foot

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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 23, 2013

The injury bug continues to hit the Chicago Bulls hard. Joakim Noah has been in and out of the lineup dealing a foot injury.

 

UPDATE: Thursday, April 25 at 12:17 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Noah has returned to the Bulls' lineup, but has still been dealing with the foot ailment that kept him sidelined in the regular season, and hasn't played as many minutes as he did prior to the injury. According to head coach Tom Thibodeau, that status likely won't change for Game 3. 

ESPN's Nick Friedell has the details: 

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UPDATE: Saturday, Apr. 20, at 8:04 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The Bulls have announced that Joakim Noah will be starting in Game 1:

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UPDATE: Monday, Apr. 8, at 2:34 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for Bulls fans as Joakim Noah suffered a setback after recently returning from a foot injury, according to Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 27 at 7:10 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to South Florida Sun-Sentinel reporter Ira Winderman, Noah will miss his third consecutive game Wednesday night vs. the Heat:

 

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Per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune,Joakim Noah will miss Saturday night's clash with the Indiana Pacers due to recurring plantar fasciitis.

Noah missed more than two months of the 2010-11 season with the injury, and he's had foot or ankle problems for the past three seasons.

With Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich recently returning to the lineup, it seemed the Bulls were finally getting healthy—sans Derrick Rose, of course, whose return is apparently only known by God, per Sports Illustrated.

But now with Noah set to miss at least this game, the Bulls have to be wondering if they will ever see their full complement of players on the court this season.

Chicago will certainly miss Noah against the Pacers, as Indiana has solidified itself as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers have handled the Bulls well this season, and they will be looking for a sweep of the season series.

If the Bulls hope to avoid that, they will need Nazr Mohammed to step up in Noah's absence. This is a big game for Chicago as this could be a preview of their first-round playoff series. 

The Bulls have lost two games in a row, and they sit just a half game ahead of the Boston Celtics in the sixth spot in the East.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has shown the ability to get the best out of an undermanned squad in the past. He'll have to pull that trick again Saturday night at the United Center.

 

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