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Bulls evaluating Joakim Noah’s thumb injury, surgery not out of question

Dec 15, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

Joakim Noah

Wednesday night Joakim Noah will put on his Bulls uniform and likely have a good game against what passes for interior defense by the Toronto Raptors.

Thursday, back in Chicago, he will see a specialist about a thumb injury that has the Bulls concerned there is ligament damage, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago.

If there is structural ligament damage it is possible it would require surgery, and that could put Noah on the shelf for a couple months.

Noah has been playing through pain for a couple of weeks now, he injured it against the Kings Nov. 27 (and aggravated it last week). He’s been playing with it wrapped up.

In the last 10 games Noah is averaging 12.6 points and 9.6 rebounds a game, shooting 46.9 percent — all of those numbers are off his season averages. For the season he is shooting 51.1 percent scoring 14 points a game and grabbing 11.7 rebounds.

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