"It's better, but he's not quite there so I just want to be smart about it," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Noah, who will miss his third straight game.
Thibodeau hopes to have both players back for Saturday's game against the Dallas Mavericks.
"Yeah, we're hopeful. They're close. They're close," Thibodeau said. "The big thing is we just want to make sure they get completely healthy before we move forward."