May 4, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) on the floor after an injury against Philadelphia 76ers during the second half of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Arena. The 76ers defeated the Bulls 79-74 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Joakim Noah Out for Game 4


The Chicago Bulls are confident that X-Rays taken of Joakim Noah’s severely rolled ankle will be negative. However, there is still doubt as to whether or not Noah will be okay to play in Game 4 on Sunday. Early in the third quarter of Game 3′s loss to the 76ers, Noah rolled his ankle bad on Andre Iguodala’s foot.

However, Noah is still on crutches and still can’t put any weight on his ankle.

Noah was in obvious and severe pain and had to be helped to the locker room. His ankle was evaluated and he eventually returned to the game but he had to then immediately exit after not being able to put his full weight on it. He was seen leaving the Bulls film session on crutches and had to be helped up and down the stairs by his mother.

Although nothing is official, Noah is doubtful for Game 4 and he’s most likely going to sit and get healthy for an all important Game 5.

The ankle in question was already weak but Noah told Bulls trainers he had it under control. Noah was unable to return he may have to miss Sunday’s game. He has the remainder of Saturday to feel things out.

This is yet another injury to a Bulls team that can no longer extend any deeper into it’s depth. For the time being, Omer Asik can fill the center roll as he did so last season when Joakim Noah missed 10 weeks after having hand surgery in Decemeber. Asik split time with Kurt Thomas and Taj Gibson at center but without Thomas, Asik will see an increase in minutes if Noah is out.

We will keep you posted on the latest developments on Pippen Ain’t Easy.

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