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Bulls' Joakim Noah makes return against Wizards

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah returned Monday night against the Washington Wizards after missing almost a month with a slight left tear in his left shoulder.

Noah went 0 for 7 from the field in a little under 19 minutes, but also had nine rebounds, four assists and a steal in Chicago's 114-100 loss.

Noah suffered the injury in a Dec. 21 loss to the Brooklyn Nets and has missed the past nine games. He had taken contact in two consecutive days of practice and once again joined the Bulls' second unit.

"We'll ease him back in," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after shootaround Monday. "No actual minute restrictions, per se, but we'll be a little bit careful with him out there."

Hoiberg also acknowledged that Noah's return will force some rotation changes for the Bulls. Notably, with rookie Bobby Portis entrenched in the rotation, there will be players who won't get as many minutes with Noah returning.

"We have talked, we've talked to our guys," Hoiberg said. "We've played nine the last few games. We'll probably get back to playing 10. But yeah, it's obviously going to cut into some players' minutes and a lot of that will just be by feel and how the flow of the game is going."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.