The Chicago Bulls will be playing for their postseason lives tomorrow night against the Philadelphia 76ers, down 3-1, and they’ll most likely be without center Joakim Noah, reports Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times. Noah is “most likely out” with a twisted ankle.
“They’re still working through things,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s coming along well. He’s doing a lot of rehab and feels pretty good. That’s encouraging.”
Noah sprained the ankle badly on Friday night, stepping on the foot of Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala midway through the third quarter of Game 3. He left the game; X-rays came back negative, but Noah left Wells Fargo Center on crutches in an air cast.
In other Bulls injury news, Luol Deng aggravated the torn ligament in his left wrist in the first quarter of yesterday’s Game 4, but he practiced today.
“He’s doing fine,” Thibodeau said of Deng. “He’s been dealing with this all season. It’s not anything new. Some days are better than others. He just needs to keep plugging away.”