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Joakim Noah suffering through hand issues

Posted on: December 15, 2010 1:45 pm
 
Bulls center Joakim Noah suffering through injured hand as reports surface regarding possible ligament damage. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Joakim Noah does plan to play against the Raptors Wednesday, but there are storm clouds on the knuckle-shaped horizon. Noah's battling a hand issue that he's had for weeks. From the Chicago Tribune:

Noah has been battling sore knuckles and tendons on his right hand for weeks. He has been taping his knuckles. The Tribune reported late Tuesday that management has held internal discussions about resting Noah, whose situation hasn't improved. Surgery has not been ruled out, if that becomes necessary to fix the problem.
via Bulls' Rose, Noah planning to play vs. Raptors - Chicago Breaking Sports.

There's a report stating that the Bulls are "concerned" there may be ligament damage in his hand which would necessitate surgery, resulting in him missing eight weeks of play or more. This comes just as Carlos Boozer had returned from his broken hand and the Bulls are starting to mesh into the power they were expected to be. But losing Noah for an extended period of time would be a crushing loss that would hurt them in an area they can't afford to lose players at. Omer Asik is fine for spot duty, but a lineup of Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson would be overmatched by nearly any team with a legit center. 

With the Bulls focused on defense under Tom Thibodeau, rebounding is fairly important and losing one of the best rebounders in the league would be, what's the word? Oh, yeah, bad. 
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Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Joakim Noah suffering through hand issues

"but how many teams can you name that have one?" Well, the only two teams that matter: Boston & Orlando.



Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2010 4:28 pm
 

Joakim Noah suffering through hand issues

The Bulls need Noah.  No question.  He needs to be healthy if the Bulls want to finish strong in the playoffs.  I actually would like to see his minutes decline slightly, but the problem is that the Bulls bench is not deep and need him on the floor.



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Joakim Noah suffering through hand issues

Yes losing Noah for a significant time would be a terrible loss but if there is ligament damage they need to do surgery now.  If he comes back in eight weeks that would be mid-February which gives him two months to get back in shape for the playoffs.  The Eastern Conference is very top heavy and they should not struggle as mightly as this writer implies.  Sure, "a lineup of Carlos Boozer and will be overmatched by nearly any team with a legit center,"  but how many teams can you name that have one?  I think getting the surgery out of the way and getting him back in time for the hopeful deep playoff run is most important as getting into the playoffs in the East will not be a challenge.




Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2010 2:08 pm
 

Joakim Noah suffering through hand issues

Noah has been a great addition to the league. He plays with such heart and without him, Chicago will likely struggle.


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