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Joakim Noah injures ankle, “most likely” out for Game 4

May 5, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

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UPDATE 8:53 pm: Not good news, Bulls fans. Here is the quote from Tom Thibodeau via our friends at

“Most likely, he’ll be out tomorrow,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday afternoon following a film session at the team’s hotel. “I haven’t gotten the grade yet, but it’s doubtful. We’ll see tomorrow, though.”

Without Noah the Bulls are going to need someone to step up with a huge game — we’re looking at you, Carlos Boozer — or the Bulls will be down 3-1 and in a world of hurt. Literally.

9:00 am: If the Bulls are going to make any more noise in the NBA playoffs without Derrick Rose, they need Joakim Noah. He’s their emotional leader, their hardest working player, the one who screams, dances, and fist pumps with crazy hair to get his team going. He’s also actually got an offensive skill set, which for the Bulls’ big men, is kind of a big deal. Unfortunately, in a continuation of how things have been for the Bulls all season, the worst has occurred, and Noah was injured Friday night in Philadelphia, badly turning his ankle. He was helped off the floor, and the Bulls’ staff was obviously careful with Noah not to bring him back too soon.

Just kidding! The Bulls staff totally let him come back in twice before taking him out. Noah left the arena on crutches, and it appears significant. No update on his status for Game 4, yet, obviously.

Here’s the play Noah was injured on. Fair warning, when Noah screams, it’s pretty gruesome stuff.

Ew. Seriously. So gross.

The good news is that Noah was able to walk it off so you have to at least have some quality hope that he didn’t fracture it. The Bulls do have Omer Asik as a backup center and Taj Gibson to help out for small-ball lineups in case Noah can’t go in Game 4, but losing Noah would be crushing for the Bulls who are already obviously without their best player in Derrick Rose.

Tough breaks all over for the Bulls.

Also, Sixers fans, must you fulfill the Philadelphia stereotype by cheering an injured player? Can’t you at least try not to be, you know, you?

  1. iowahbr - May 5, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    After tonight the Bulls can mail their last two games in, as the series let alone a chance at the Heat, is long gone. Thibs can moan (not that he will) at length about injuries and court spacing but in the play-offs you need a decent go-to scorer in tight games and the Bulls have none. The pick and roll looked good for 36 minutes but the double-teams and the shot clock made a mess of any Bulls offense in the 4th quarter. Between Boozer and Hamilton not money well spent for next year either and not much trade value.

    The worst part of the whole Bulls post-season action is that watching them play without Rose is like getting a root canal even when they win or are ahead. When the other team turns up the 4th quarter defense you have never seen so many passes that lead to just another poor quality jump shot or a turn-over. Too bad about Noah as he is fun to watch.

  2. thestudiokida - May 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Same town that threw pill bottles at T.O.? No surprise.

    • thesixersbench - May 5, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      You guys are such pansies. Especially you, Matt. What a travesty – a playoff crowd booed a guy who endlessly talks shit on other cities and who carries on, and on, and on…(shame we didn’t get to see his six-shooter routine).

      Grow a set. Maybe next time you can take in a Bobcat’s game and not have your delicate sensibilities offended.

      Give me a break.

  3. dadeyemi - May 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    and snowballs at Santa clause at an eagles game. dicks

    • tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      he was DRUNK!!!

      • dannymac17 - May 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        And so was everyone else in philidelphia.

      • tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 4:05 PM

        Yeah but not when we were pelting him with snowballs. That wasn’t til halftime.

  4. highscoring - May 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    what a joke those fans are.. i actually dont mind the 6ers team they got some good players but dam what trashy fans.

    • thesixersbench - May 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      I’m sure you’re the epitome of class and etiquette.

    • stayhigh_247 - May 5, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      they give a new meaning to being a loser. must be lead in the drinking water in Philly.

  5. jthammerstix - May 5, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Obama hates white people.

    • jimeejohnson - May 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      No, he feels sorry for the losers like you.

  6. tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Sorry the guys just a target

  7. connaniii - May 5, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    The city of brotherly LOVE!

  8. pudgalvin - May 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Philly knows the only way they beat the Bulls is to have two starters not play and a third play with one hand.

    • diabloryno - May 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Haha! Right! That underachieving team needs some help. Well said, sir.

      • tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM

        C’mon now. We handled Chicago the last two seasons with Derrick Rose.

      • diabloryno - May 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        Ok, but what happened in game 1 WITH Derrick Rose and Noah? We are talking about what Philadelphia did the last two seasons. It doesn’t make a difference in these playoffs.

      • tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        ET made the comments he did for a reason

      • diabloryno - May 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        Because they KNEW they wouldn’t be able to compete with the Heat. But after being down by 20 with 8 minutes to go in game one against the Bulls, it was clear they couldn’t compete with the Bulls either WITH Derrick Rose.

      • borderline1988 - May 6, 2012 at 12:17 AM

        Game 1 was one game. They also won game one of the ECF last year, and looked really good doing it. We all know how that ended…

        Fact is, the Bulls are over-rated, even when healthy. The Sixers would’ve taken them to 6 or 7 games even with Rose in. And they would have been trounced in 5 in the ECF against the Heat, just like last year.

        Bulls fans talk so much crap but at the end of the day, they got beaten handily last year by a clearly superior Heat team, didn’t get any better since last year, and now will lose in the first round against the 8 seed. Most Bulls fans are actually happy that Noah is injured – it gives them another excuse for why they are going to lose this series. Face it, once Rose went down, the Sixers have looked more balanced and have shown superior offensive playmaking ability. Noah or no Noah, Sixers in 6.

      • diabloryno - May 6, 2012 at 1:20 AM

        First off I’m not a Bulls fan in the least bit. I’m just stating my observations. Bulls would’ve won this series in 4 or 5 with Rose. To say the Sixers have looked more balanced once Rose went down isn’t much to hang your hat on. You can’t wait for a player to go down to start being more balanced, as you say. And Of course the Sixers will win this series. They still are an underachieving team like I said in my first post.

  9. manmean99 - May 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Best fans in America. STFU haters!

  10. test2402 - May 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Come to Philly and get punched in the face. It’s good to read your weak comments.

    • thesixersbench - May 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Please – don’t be so reactionary and foolish. You sound terribly naive.

  11. drunkenjunk - May 5, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    stay classy philly. That city is overflowing with white trash.

  12. asublimeday - May 5, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    The country would be better off if we could trade Philly to a place they’d fit in better. Like back in time, to nazi Germany.

    • stayhigh_247 - May 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      no they’d probably turn Hitlers stomach.

  13. asublimeday - May 5, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Come to Philly and get punched in the face. It’s good to read your weak comments.

    Kill yourself.

    • dannymac17 - May 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      OR get shot at by marvin harrison.

  14. evo621 - May 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    No, let’s be straight: it’s the only city the media is obsessed with writing negative stories about it’s fans. Nothing on NY booing the Canadian national anthem? Or Boston’s history of racial slurs up to and including last week? That apparently doesn’t stain those city’s reputations, but a silly misreported Santa story does?

    This article is even wrong. I was at the game, and people cheered at first because they were happy he finally got a hard foul on Noah. When the crowd saw he was hurt, they quieted down, and cheered when he walked off.

    • tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Obsessed “New York” media! They’re all haters for whatever reason. You’re right those other cities do the same knuckle-headed things and you never hear about it.

      Philly is a great sports town whose fans are extremely passionate for their teams. Any other depiction is simply not accurate. Just ease up and show Philly some respect.

    • thesixersbench - May 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Thank you, Evo.

      The author took the easy way out and played to a typical sports stereotype instead of focusing the story on the young Sixers players overcoming adversity and winning a game they’d lose 10 times out of 10 in the regular season.

      But because this clown couldn’t find a good angle if a Dorito bounced off his gut and landed in the dip bowl, we have to read this reactionary, tired, stereotypical drivel.

    • drewzducks - May 5, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      The only city the media is obsessed with writing negative stories about? What the hell are you talking about? Boston got ripped nationally, and rightfully so, for about a week after the Joel Ward incident.

      • tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        Gimme a break! ESPN and the rest of the nationals are soooooo far up Bostons ass … they practically got Bobby V the Red Sox gig alone

  15. sledgehorn - May 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Bleh, it’s unfortunate that the Philly stereo type is being rude, cheering for injuries and throwing stuff.

    But it’s an undeniable fact that Philadelphia fans are far and away the most passionate fan-base in all four major sports.

    Sometimes we get out of hand, but it’s only because we are obsessed with our sport teams.

    I’m not trying to suggest the way “we” act is acceptable by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just that the passion for sports sometimes causes regrettable actions, and honestly, all passionate fan bases have done some sort of stupid thing at least once, Philly just does more often because we care more.

  16. scobbalobba - May 5, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Bad form from the Philly fans, they would probably cheer someone with the pox if they were given the chance

  17. coastbreak321 - May 5, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    What I love is that the video cuts out the final part where the fans start clapping for Noah after he’s helped up and walks off the court. Get out of here people, always looking for some convoluted reason to drop the hammer on the fans here.

    • jimeejohnson - May 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      It brings out the haters, and gives them an outlet for their hate.

  18. datruth2100 - May 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    So who’s worse? The fans that supposedly cheered his injury or the coaches who put him back in the game and then removed not because they were concerned for him but because he was a liability and was no longer useful to them. and like coastbreak321 and evo621 said they stopped cheering when they saw he was hurt and cheered him when he got up, heck i think they even cheered when he scored after coming back.

  19. slippyal2 - May 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    The same dumb ass fans who cheered while Michael Irvin was lying motionless with a neck injury.

  20. Gordon - May 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    At least they didn’t vomit on him. I’d call that progress.

    • tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      that was a stupid kid who no doubt was trying to live up to unfortunate reputation the national/NY media draws up for him

      • jimeejohnson - May 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Kid was from the what exit state, New Jersey.

      • Gordon - May 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        I guess he succeeded then.

      • tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM

        guess so. Thanks ESPN.

  21. rajbais - May 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Philly fans suffer enough!!! There are other fan bases that cheer when an opposing player is hurt!!!!

  22. jblah - May 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    oh please. every teams fan do the same thing. name any team and I can find you a rude fan. this is just because philly gets the media attention.

    • biasedhomer - May 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      It doesn’t help that the media and bloggers force it down everyone’s throat. You barely hear anything about people being murdered in the parking lots of Dodger’s stadium, but Santa being booed is always brought up.

  23. mungman69 - May 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I boo Matt Moore

    • biasedhomer - May 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Did you expect any better?

  24. tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Now Michael Irvin, that was another story. He did get booed bc he got injured, but there was a long love-hate (w/o the love) history there.

  25. jucam1 - May 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    You are all clowns, people in glass houses (this means you haters, and you imbecile writing the article)… If any of you had half a brain cell and were even close to the fans Philly fans ar,e you would see that the crowd cheered the hard foul, quieted when they realized he was injured, then clapped as he was helped off the floor. This is such a sad piece of garbage writing, if you didn’t watch the game then don’t write about it, but throwing Philly under the bus to entice idiots to comment or to get your little Philly hate out only makes you a pathetic wanna be journalist… Philly has great fans, who know the sport. Like every other city we have knuckle heads, but it’s easy to pile on us instead of actually doing some journalism right?… Aside from the moron’s article, i feel bad for what happened to Rose and Chi-town… Great team, great coach, and I figured this year they would beat the young Sixers and hopefully win the title… Regardless, it’s been an entertaining series…

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