NBA Roundtable

Joakim Noah Out Another 3 Weeks

In General NBA on March 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm

ESPN reports

The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah will miss three weeks as he recovers from plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

“It’s a very difficult injury,” Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said on Wednesday. “It’s very difficult to treat. He might rest for three weeks, he might rest for two months and come back and it’s still bothering him. Rest will help usually, no question. But he’s got to come back, fight through the pain.

“We’ll give him a few weeks and hopefully he reacts better to that sooner. But that’s the plan right now.”

“I don’t know if you do replace him,” Del Negro said. “He’s the second-leading rebounder in the whole NBA. And brings a lot of energy, a great spirit to the game for us. Gets us up possessions. Gets us out on the break. His offense has been developing all year and his development overall has been [good].

“It’s a big loss, but other guys have to step up, and we’re going to have to manage it. This biggest concern is rebounding the basketball. When we play bigger front lines, not having his length back there is an issue. Like I said, other guys have to step up and play well. And other guys have to pick their performance up until he gets back.”

This is a huge loss for Chicago. They’re barely clinging onto one of the low playoff seeds and to be without one of their top two players for at least another three weeks is a massive blow. This will be a difficult injury to overcome.

Playoff Chase

There are only five teams involved in the playoff chase in the East competing for the final four teams. So only one team will miss out.

#5 — Toronto Raptors — 31 wins and 28 losses
#6 — Milwaukee Bucks — 31 wins and 29 losses
#7 — Chicago Bulls — 31 wins and 29 losses
#8 — Miami Heat — 30 wins and 31 losses
#9 — Charlotte Bobcats — 28 wins and 31 losses

Notable Injuries

  • Toronto’s four highest earners (Bosh, Hedo, Bargnani, Calderon) are day-to-day with slight knocks. Only minor injuries.
  • Milwaukee is without Michael Redd for the remainder of the season but have been without him for quite some time and replaced him at the trade deadline well (Salmons).
  • Chicago is without Joakim Noah until later this month and has three other players (Rose, Deng, Miller) out day-to-day.
  • Charlotte’s top two centers (Tyson, Nazr) are out with day-to-day injuries but have been sidelined for some time. Diop is expected back in the middle of the month.
  • Miami’s Jermaine O’Neal is day-to-day too.

So only two teams have significant injuries — Chicago and Charlotte — Charlotte are missing their first three choices at center while Chicago are missing one of their two best players.

Update

Noah isn’t sure if he’ll be able to return this season — link.

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