Joakim Noah injury offset by schedule

Chicago will miss its talented big man, but an easy slate of games will ease the sting

Updated: December 22, 2010, 1:35 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider

See, Chicago Bulls fans? It's not as bad as it seems.

Tuesday's 45-point romp over the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the hotter teams in the league, should have washed away many of the concerns left after a loss to one of the NBA's worst teams, the Los Angeles Clippers (who aren't the sorry doormats their record suggests). And, perhaps more importantly, the victory underscores the fact Joakim Noah could not have picked a better time to be sidelined with an injury.