Noah game-time decision vs. Spurs
February, 11, 2013
By Nick Friedell
AP Photo/Rick BowmerJoakim Noah is considering missing the All-Star Game because of foot problems.DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is a game-time decision for Monday night's contest against the San Antonio Spurs because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Noah spent some extra time after shootaround, working on some of his post moves but Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah didn't do much.
"We held him out most of it," Thibodeau said. "He did the walk-through part, did a little bit of shooting."
Noah missed three games last week before returning on Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets. He admitted on Sunday that he would consider missing the All-Star Game this Sunday if he felt it was necessary.
"To me, (the All-Star Game is) pretty important," Noah said after Sunday's practice. "I mean, it's not that important, but it's something I want to do. I also have to do what's right for the team. There's obviously a bigger picture than the All-Star game. We'll see."
Thibodeau understands that Noah's injury comes down to pain tolerance.
"He's had it before so we'll see how it goes," Thibodeau said. "He's fine."
Thibodeau reiterated that guard Kirk Hinrich would be out again Monday because of a right elbow injury. Backup guard Marco Belinelli will play as he continues to rehab his sprained right ankle that he injured last week.