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Joakim Noah to play for Bulls in Game 6, come off bench

May 10, 2012, 7:22 PM EDT

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Joakim Noah has returned after spraining his ankle that kept him out for two games, bringing a lift to the Bulls as they try to keep their season going in Game 6 in Philadelphia (with the Sixers up 3-2).

Noah has pushed himself back from a severely sprained ankle in Game 3 but it remains to be seen how much he can contribute. The Bulls need his offense — after a couple of games off they found their defensive footing again in Game 5 but they need to find more points. Noah, or at least the healthy Noah, can provide that with hustle and rebounds.

Noah was a game time decision but went through the layup lines and was ready to go. We’ll see how many minutes he gets and how well he is actually moving.

  1. pudgalvin - May 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Might wanna double check the sources on that

  2. canehouse - May 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    BYE BYE NOAH… Go home and cry with Catfish face Rose.

  3. tfoz5150 - May 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Who was that guy draining FTs down the stretch?….IGGY!!!!!

    • tfoz5150 - May 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      What? No love?

  4. pudgalvin - May 10, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Congrats Philly on being a pubic hair better than a team missing 2 of their 3 best players. Really something to write home about.

    • tfoz5150 - May 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Sore LOSER. This site sucks!!!

      • pudgalvin - May 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

        Philly. The city of champions.

  5. iowahbr - May 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    If the last 5 minutes of that game don’t tell you what’s wrong with the current Bulls team then you need to switch to watching baseball. Boozer on the bench, Hamilton and Deng lost somewhere, and the silliest stall ball seen in a deciding play-off game. If you think the return of a perfect D. Rose brings them to more than round 2 next year you are seeing something I’m missing.

    • pudgalvin - May 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      Come on man, this Bulls team isn’t perfect, but I’m not convinced Philly would have won a game if Rose hadn’t gotten hurt. Rose opens up so, so much for there offense. So much. Korver gets wide open looks off his penetration. Joe cleans up the glass because his drives take defenders off the boards. That was incredibly apparent this series, as they went to the best offensive rebounding team in the league to a below average one. Rose, as the stats have shown all season, is the difference between the Bulls being the second best offensive team in the league to about the 16 best. Pretty big difference, especially in the playoffs against another great defensive team.

      Tough loss, but I’ve said before, how many teams are going to win a playoff series without their best perimeter player and their best low post player (best scorer, best assist guy, best offense rebounder, best low post passer)? Would the clippers survive without Chris Paul and Deandre Jordan? OKC without Durant and Ibaka? Spurs without Parker and really anyone else. The only thing this series did was show you how great of a player Derrick Rose is.

    • chicitybulls - May 11, 2012 at 12:14 AM

      Dude, you’re in/from iowa. Get a pro team before you talk. You obviously dont know what you’re talking about if you think a team that made it to the ecf (that’s eastern conference finals for you slow poke) is only good enough to make it to the 2nd round. Go cheer for your hawkeyes.

  6. newgene1187 - May 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Maybe next year

  7. canehouse - May 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    These Bull fans are are defining Sour Grapes. Take your beating like a man.

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