Joakim Noah will rest at least a week after aggravating his groin while Jimmy Butler's a game time decision with a bruised knee for tonight's game against Indiana.
KC Johnson with the story.
Joakim Noah will be held out of basketball-related activities for a week because of lingering soreness in his groin, according to team officials. The All-Star center will be re-evaluated at that time.
Given that Noah won’t resume practicing until Oct. 25 at the earliest, the development puts Noah’s availability for the Bulls’ Oct. 29 regular-season opener in Miami in serious jeopardy.
Noah made his preseason debut on Wednesday night after missing the first three games with the groin injury. He finished with two points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes, 45 seconds and said afterward he felt “great.”
But according to team officials, Noah developed more soreness on the Bulls’ offday Thursday. Continuing a pattern of conservative approaches to injuries, the Bulls decided to sit Noah for at least three more preseason games and possibly all four remaining. The Bulls conclude their preseason schedule on Oct. 25 at home against the Nuggets.
Resting Noah for the rest of preseason is fine.
Ultimately, resting Noah for the first month of the season if it gets him to the end of the season healthy is also fine.
It's hard for fans to cope with key players missing time, especially after missing Rose all last year and losing a possible championship season. That's why it's important to remember that championships aren't won in October, November, or even December. Championships are won in May and June.
That's when we need Joakim Noah to be at his peak.
Jimmy Butler's a game time decision for tonight with his bruised knee. While I think all Bulls fans have fewer health concerns with Butler, there's little reason to put him out there in tonight's preseason game either.
Derrick Rose offered fuel to the Pacer's fire noting that Indiana's great, but He doesn't view them as a rival.
"People say that it's a rivalry, but I don't really see it," Rose said. "I say the team that is more like a rivalry is when Darren Collison was on the team. That one was more like a rivalry, but this team is a great team. They've already proven themselves last year by making it to the Eastern Conference finals.
"If anything, by probably in a year or two, it could become a rival. But right now, people say it's a rival. ... I just don't see it right now."
Miami on the other hand?
"If you want say [that], yeah," he said. "For sure, Miami."
Rose didn't quite state it this way, but I think the Bulls view the Pacers much like the Heat view the Bulls. It's a one way rivalry where the Bulls simply aren't worried about the Pacers beating them in a series.
Quite honestly, if the Bulls are healthy, they shouldn't be. In some ways, the Pacers are a bit less scary now than they were a few years ago because all of their goons who flagrantly fouled Rose every two plays are gone. They're much more skilled, but the Bulls can probably counter those skills more easily than a bunch of uncalled flagrant fouls.
As for tonight's game, who knows who will go from either side. As preseason winds down plenty of people are resting, so we'll see who the Pacers bring to the court.
For Bulls fans, it's one more chance to see Derrick Rose play, perhaps another shot for Marquis Teague to be showcased, and maybe Tony Snell can show the Bulls some more. We'll see what happens tonight.
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