Word out of the Chicago Bulls’ pre-game shootaround is that Joakim Noah is once again a game-time decision for tonight’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. Because of course.
We’ve already complained at Pippen Ain’t Easy about how weird it is that Noah is playing despite clearly not remotely playing at 100 percent. He played in both games of a road back-to-back last week, even notching a double-double against the Utah Jazz. But now he’s considering skipping the All-Star game because he’s not fully healthy, so … why is he playing in a meaningless game in February, exactly?
The whole thing is just silly, but if Noah can’t go, then Taj Gibson will start in his place, as has been the case all year.
Now, in other news, Kirk Hinrich is still out, with absolutely no indication that he will be back prior to the All-Star break, or after it, for that matter. Given that Nate Robinson is playing well and Kirk is, well, Kirk, this isn’t really a big deal. But it’s nice to know that the $4 million the Bulls are paying Hinrich this year is going to good use.
Also, Marco Belinelli will play tonight, after suffering an ankle injury a week ago. He played — not all that well, but not poorly — last Friday against Utah.