Noah Has Successful Surgery; Out 8-10 Weeks

CHICAGO — Bulls center Joakim Noah has successful surgery to repair his injured thumb on Thursday. This news comes according to Bulls Head Athletic Trainer Fred Tedeschi. Noah is expected to miss the next 8-10 weeks to allow his thumb to fully heal. ‘‘It’s disappointing for Jo, but for us, we’re confident in the ability of the guys that we have,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘We have more than enough to win with.”  As to who will start in Noah’s absence, that is yet to be determined. It is likely that Taj Gibson, Kurt Thomas and Omer Asik will all get playing time with Gibson expected to get starters minutes. ‘‘Taj has played extremely well, Kurt has played well for us, Luol [Deng] has played well at the four, so we have a number of players that can step up,’’ Thibodeau said. “We keep moving.’’ Carlos Boozer gave Bulls fans more than just a good game on Wednesday, he gave them a sigh of relief. With Noah out and Derrick Rose banged up, Boozer stepped up and showed he can lead this team when needed. That time is now and Boozer may just earn his money in the upcoming months. Noah is expected to be ready for the postseason should the Bulls qualify.

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