It’s only fitting right? What else could go wrong at the last possible moment?
After losing Derrick Rose to a torn ACL the Bulls 2012 season instantly became derailed and it may be about to come to an early end come Tuesday. One of the reason’s Chicago may be done is their big man enter Joakim Noah looks to be done for the year with a severely sprained ankle.
Now Noah being done for the year solely depends on the Bulls playoff chances. It’s looking like he will be out for Game 5 in Chicago on Tuesday and a loss there ends not only Noah’s season but everyones in Chicago.
Noah almost snapped his ankle on Andre Iguodala’s foot early in the third quarter of Game 3. He had to be helped to the locker room but returned to the court later in the quarter. However, Noah was unable to put any weight on the foot and had to leave the game for good. An X-Ray revealed a sprain and Noah attended the Bulls film session on Saturday on crutches, having to be helped up and down the stairs by his mother.
After Rose tore his ACL, Noah became the Bulls best player and losing him is a blow the Bulls aren’t ready to absorb.
“Jo’s a much better shooter than he’s given credit for and can knock down those 16-foot shots pretty consistently,” said head coach Tom Thibodeau, when asked what they miss. “That opens things up for you.”
Noah still can’t put any weight on his ankle which makes him doubtful for Game 5 and doubtful in Chicago usually means out. However, Tom Thibodeau is maintaining that Noah is day-to-day with the ankle and isn’t ruling out a return Tuesday. The chances we see Noah, especially after the injury riddled season in combination with the Rose injury, are very slim.
The Bulls are down in the series 3-1 and are facing embarrassing, yet understandable elimination from the playoffs. Noah’s absence isn’t a death nil for the Bulls but afar opposing center Spencer Hawes went for 22 points in Game 4, it doesn’t make things any easier for the Bulls.