Joakim Noah to Miss 8-10 Weeks: Chicago Bulls Bench Bigs Must Step Up

December 15th, 2010 by Chris Murphy Leave a reply »
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will likely miss eight to 10 weeks after having surgery Thursday to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb.

Although Noah finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night, it was clear to see he was not 100 percent.

He grimaced when carefully dunking, he seemed timid to go after rebounds and even his high-fives were either fist bumps or used with the other hand.

Clearly, Noah cannot make it through the season without fixing this problem.

Noah originally hurt the thumb in a 96-85 win over the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 27, tweaking it again on Dec. 4 against the Houston Rockets.

Noah is averaging 14.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game for the Bulls and seemed likely for an All-Star trip come February.

Now, just as the Bulls, winners of seven straight, were starting to gel with returning power forward Carlos Boozer, the team will need to look toward Taj Gibson, Omer Asik and Kurt Thomas to fill the void of another injured starter.

The Bulls will most likely go small and have Taj Gibson, who stepped in while Boozer was injured to start ...

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