We learned today that Joakim Noah would have to sit out three weeks as he recovers from plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Even if he is ready to play in three weeks, he will most likely still be battling through some pain.
So, my main fears are: How will this affect the Bulls? And, will he be able to play like his normal self when he gets back to full health?
Noah has been a key asset to the Bulls this year. He averages 10.7 points, and 11.4 rebounds a game, which is second in the NBA. Not only does he bring points and rebounds, he adds tons of energy and enthusiasm to the team.
The Bulls have been playing very good since the All-Star break, winning six out of nine. In two out of those losses, which happen to be in their last two games, Noah did not play. In the other loss, he was limited to only 12 minutes. This scares me, because Noah is very important to this team, so we do not know how they are going to respond with him out for three weeks. Other people have to step up, including Loul Deng, Hakim Warrick, Taj Gibson, and Brad Miller.
This type of injury can continue to give him pain for a very long time. So, if he comes back and it’s still not feeling 100% he will have to fight through the pain, and try he hardest to keep the Bulls in the playoff picture.
If the Bulls were sitting with a comfortable 5 or 6 game lead for thier playoff spot this wouldn’t worry me quite as much. But, with only a two game lead over Charlotte, it’s mind-boggling to think about what could happen.
The Bulls are in a very tough spot right now. But, if they can’t win without Noah, then they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. It’s all about teamwork, and if the Bulls can have that, they will keep their playoff spot, with or without Noah.