Joakim Noah struggled to stay on the floor for Game 1 as the Brooklyn Nets dominated his Chicago Bulls, but the tear in his foot won’t keep him out just yet.
“I’m all right,” Noah told reporters Monday morning, according to the Chicago Tribune.
According to Nick Freidell of ESPN Chicago, Noah will play 20-25 minutes.
Noah, struggling with plantar fasciitis (a tear in the connective tissue which supports the arch on the bottom of the foot) played a little over 13 minutes in Game 1 and was clearly hobbling from end to end. He finished with four points on 2-6 shooting, adding five rebounds.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says the Bulls’ medical staff has a minutes limit for Noah but wouldn’t reveal anything further. Meanwhile, Zach Harper of CBS wonders aloud: is everyone okay with watching Joakim Noah play through obvious pain while Bulls star guard Derrick Rose sits on the sideline?
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