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Joakim Noah suffers setback, likely out Tuesday vs. Raptors

Apr 8, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

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Joakim Noah battles plantar fasciitis and it’s a chronic thing — there are some treatments, you can immobilize the foot, but at the end of the day it’s about a lot of rest.

Noah tried to come back for the Bulls Sunday (had 13 points and 7 rebounds) but has suffered a setback, coach Tom Thibodeau told Aggrey Sam of

Noah is likely not going to play Tuesday against the Raptors.

Thibodeau needs to sit him all the way to the start of the playoffs if need be. Same with Luol Deng, who missed Sunday’s game.

Whoever the Bulls face in the first round (likely Brooklyn or Indiana) their only chance at advancing is to have all their role players healthy and ready to go. The Nets have stumbled against elite competition, the Bulls could potentially grind them down in a series, but not without Noah, Deng and everyone else (plus a lot of the good Nate Robinson without so much of the bad one). So rest the guys and don’t worry about these games.

It’s not Thibodeau’s nature, gut he has to.

  1. asublimeday - Apr 8, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Noah is not a role player. He is a top-5 center in this league.

    Name 5 better.

    • pudgalvin - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      I think he just wasn’t real clear on what he was typing.

      Is there anyone besides Howard that’s a definite upgrade over Noah? I wouldn’t take Lopez, Hibbert has taken a step back, Gasol is pretty comparable. Am I missing anyone? Love me some Joe.

      • eventhorizon04 - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        A fully healthy Dwight Howard and (arguably) Marc Gasol, but that’s it.

        Tyson Chandler, Omer Asik, and Roy Hibbert can anchor defenses like Noah but are downgrades on offense – especially at passing – compared to Noah.

        Brook Lopez and Al Jefferson can each be the focal point of an offense, but they’re both far worse defenders than Noah, and Lopez is a worse rebounder.

        Bogut is skilled on offense and defense, but he’s been dealing with a ton of health problems the past 2 years.

        Bynum has terrific potential, but his injury problems combined with his immaturity make him a clear downgrade.

        Nene is skilled and versatile, but I’d still take Noah over him.

      • Kurt Helin - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        I’d say Chandler, because he is limited offensively but only does what he knows he can do well — he plays within himself. That is huge.

      • gmsingh - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        I think what Howard makes up for with his skills he loses with his childish attitude.

  2. drex1 - Apr 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I am a fan of thibs but the way he’s killing his stars cant blame rose for delaying his return.. the mins these guy play even when the bulls are up big is stupid, they need to rest them rest of season or it will be a short post season

    • gmsingh - Apr 9, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      It’s Thibs’ fault: they traded all the good bench players. Blame the front office. Last year, there were numerous times when the lead got bigger when the bench players were in the game.

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