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Joakim Noah out for Bulls Friday with plantar fasciaitis

Feb 1, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard fight for a loose ball during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago Reuters

This has to be a little worrying to Bulls fans.

Joakim Noah is out for the Bulls Friday night game as it appears he battles plantar fasciaitis again, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com.

It’s not that the anchor of the Bulls defense is out against the Nets (although that’s not ideal), it’s that plantar fasciaitis appears to be back with Noah — back in the 2009-10 season Noah missed months battling the same condition.

Plantar fasciaitis is pain along the thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It’s a wear-and-tear injury a number of NBA players deal with in different degrees but the only real cure for it is rest and time off your feet. Noah will not get rest over the All-Star break as he has been named to the team for the first time in his career.

There is no word on how long he will be out, but this is something the Bulls don’t want to linger.

Just to add to the challenge Chicago Friday night, they will face the Nets without Carlos Boozer or Kirk Hinrich, either. Boozer has a hamstring issue and Hinrich has an infected right elbow.

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