Joakim Noah Injury: Updates on Bulls Star’s Ankle Injury

May 5th, 2012 by Wes O'Donnell Leave a reply »
As if the Chicago Bulls' postseason couldn't get any worse, the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed fears it may now be without Joakim Noah.

During Chicago's Game 3 fourth-quarter meltdown against the Philadelphia 76ers, Noah injured his left ankle.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports:

Noah is in bad shape. Initial X-rays were negative, however the team hasn't ruled out a fracture, two sources said. ...

Noah gruesomely turned his left ankle as he led a fast break and stepped on Andre Iguodala's foot with 7 minutes, 57 seconds left in the third. Hobbling badly, he purposely fouled Evan Turner at the 6:46 mark so he could exit straight to the locker room.

But Noah inexplicably returned early in the fourth, even though he barely could run.

The Bulls lost Game 3 and now trail the 76ers 2-1. They're already without star point guard Derrick Rose, and Noah's loss would be catastrophic.

UPDATE: Saturday, May 5 -- 3 PM ET

Things are not as bad as it could be for Noah, coach Thibodeau confirms there is no fracture in the forward's ankle (via K.C. Johnson):

Thibode ...

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