Saturday, March 23, 2013
Joakim Noah (foot) takes seat
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah won't play Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers because of ongoing problems with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau also said Noah was "most likely" out for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, adding he wasn't sure if Noah would accompany the team on its flight after Saturday night's contest.
"[Noah's] had an All-Star season," Thibodeau said. "He's done a great job for us, but we have more than enough -- next man up, get out there and get the job done."
Noah, who will miss his fifth game of the season, has dealt with plantar fasciitis since the middle of January.
Thibodeau also said Derrick Rose (torn ACL) and Rip Hamilton (lower back) would not face the Pacers.
Taj Gibson (sprained MCL) and Kirk Hinrich (sore foot), meanwhile, will play after returning Thursday from their respective injuries.
The Pacers were without Danny Granger (knee) and David West (back).