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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. chiadam - May 5, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Noah is just lucky he’s not a child. And a girl. Philly fans throw up on those people.

  2. phillyphan08 - May 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    No reason to explain to the haters,animosity only makes the w’s that much sweeter:) let’s go Flyers&Sixers……whatever it TAKES!!!!!

    • biasedhomer - May 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Obviously, this blogger has an agenda, instead of the title being “Noah injured”, which would be more professional, but hey this is just a blogger, what do you expect.

  3. tibbs7 - May 5, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    It is not a stereotype if it is true.
    People from Philly are nasty and revel in other peoples misery.

    • tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      You’re a clown. We want our teams to win. When a dufus like Noah carries on the way he does… yeah there may be a little extra juice to see him go down. Other than we’re just a competitive bunch.

  4. lancer255 - May 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    I was at the game, there were cheers but they also cheered when he was able to walk. I’m tired of Philly fan backlash.

  5. dirtybird2020 - May 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Id come to philly and TEST your chin, all day! Come to chitown and lose your life, 16th and hamilton boy! Get thrown to the wolves!

  6. 7to10for6allday - May 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I love how Philly gets a bad rap because of like 5 incidents in the history of time. Like every other fan base is any better…..people just like us because we don’t put up with anybodys bull. You come into our house you will get your ass kicked. Believe that! What what!

  7. sepiroth559 - May 5, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    The Philly stereotype is such a joke. People like you and the mass media just love to point out how a select few will tarnish the reputation… like when we threw snowballs at santa (yea that one never gets old), or Booed Donovan Mcnabb when he was drafted (yea that never gets old either)…. but they fail to point out how when Noah was able to get up and walk off, the fans also cheered. They fail to point out how the Phillies have sold out over 200 consecutive home games, how passionate the fan base as a whole is. But its okay, we threw snowballs at santa 40 years ago, Philly fans must be spawned from Satan.

    • comeonnowguys - May 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      I heard boos when he first started to get up and try to walk it off.

  8. ragingmouse - May 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Classless !!!!
    ( just ducked my head, as a phili threw a bottle beer )

  9. tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Trust me when I tell you we can and have beat the Bulls with ALL of their players. That’s all Evan Turner was trying to say before the series.

  10. mungman69 - May 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    I know Philly fans would cheer Matt Moore

  11. prosourcetalk - May 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Philly has the worst fans, cheer injuries then whine & cry when everyone calls them on it

    • tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      No they were cheering the injury.

  12. dsg1616 - May 5, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    That’s alright, I cheered when the Phillies collapsed and when Bryzgalov lets in 8 during a playoff game

  13. mungman69 - May 5, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Matt Moore writes from his mommies basement.

    • tfoz5150 - May 5, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      That’s a good call.

  14. broadstbully - May 5, 2012 at 9:42 PM


    Right about now, you have a better chance of dying in Philly than you do in Afghanistan. It’s the Wild West out here, man. And I’m not talking about you specifically; I mean anybody.

    As for the fan argument, Philly fans have earned the rep we’ve been given. That said, I’ve yet to encounter a fan base from any city that didn’t act the same way. The legends of the Santa Claus incident and the Boo Birds just keep the focus on Philly. Hope Noah’s ok, and out there for Games 4+. If the Sixers want to be able to say they earned the series win, they need to at least do it against the version of the Bulls that was pretty damn good without Rose for a large part of the season.

  15. 40thstreetblack - May 6, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    I can’t believe 6er fans are talking s%&t, u have not been relevant since ’83, now Rose & Noah r out and u have the audacity to start talking. Miami did beat da Bulls last year but Philly sure as hell wasn’t around. I actually like this young Philly team but their fans are delusional & talk waaaaaaaaay too much!

  16. mungman69 - May 6, 2012 at 5:54 AM

    Hey: injuries are part of the game

  17. eternalfan - May 6, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    bulls win with rose, but sixers with with lebron. neither team has those players now so its pointless to argue. the bulls as of now are not playing well. boozer is horrid, and everyone else is a role player. they can still beat us though because sixers are mediocre, an erratic team that made its mark by beating bad teams.

    that said, we have seemed to have the bulls number the last few years.

    • comeonnowguys - May 8, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Idiot. Rose is actually on the Bulls roster.

  18. tfoz5150 - May 6, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Whose up in the series? Who played Miami toughest in the playoffs last year?

    • bbil2012 - May 6, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      NBA champion Dallas Mavericks did.

  19. phillyphan83 - May 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    40some…’83 huh? You forgetting about that Eastern Conference Championship team of ’01?

    • comeonnowguys - May 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Why not, everyone else outside of Philly has.

  20. doopdoop10 - May 6, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Let’s go sixere

  21. thescribe56 - May 6, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    They stood a chance of winning the first round without Rose, but no way without Noah, too. It’s an old Chicago lament, but wait till next year. Any bets on whether Boozer will be back?

  22. mungman69 - May 7, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Fire Matt Moore

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