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Noah to sit out Wednesday due to sprained ankle

Mar 30, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

Joakim Noah

UPDATE 7:46 pm: It’s official, Noah will sit out the game against the Wolves — where he would have been handy against Kevin Love — due to the sprained ankle.

Kurt Thomas starts in his place.

2:27 pm: Because God forbid we have all the Bulls players fully healthy for any extended stretch…

Joakim Noah tweaked his ankle Monday night against the Sixers and missed shootaround Wednesday, making him a game-time decision Wednesday night, reports Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago.

“[I’m] just trying to take care of this ankle,” said Noah after Wednesday morning’s Bulls shootaround at the Target Center. “I’ll see how I feel tonight. [I’m] just trying to push it tonight and see if I can push it through.”

“It feels better than yesterday.”

If this were the playoffs, he’d go. The Bulls want to wins to secure the top seed in the East (and finish second overall to the Spurs) but what matters more is not to have Noah with a lingering ankle issue in the playoffs. So don’t be shocked if he sits out against the Timberwolves.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah would warm up them a decision would be made. Either way, expect him to see fewer minutes and Kurt Thomas to see more (and maybe start).

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