Joakim Noah has an injured hand

According to ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell:

“Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is expected to play Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors despite ongoing issues with his right hand. The Bulls are concerned there may be ligament damage in his right thumb, according to sources familiar with the situation. Bulls general manager Gar Forman told before Wednesday morning’s shootaround that the Bulls are still evaluating the situation and Noah will be re-examined once he returns to Chicago on Thursday.”

And here’s the real kick in the you-know-what:

“If an examination reveals the need for surgery, he would most likely be out a minimum of eight weeks.”

I don’t need to tell you how important Noah is to the Bulls. He leads the team in Offensive and Defensive Rating (discounting Kurt Thomas and James Johnson because they’re so rarely used) and ranks second in Player Efficiency Rating and Win Sharers. And, obviously, he’s one of the league’s best rebounders.

Derrick Rose is the only player on this team more indispensible than Noah. Of course, Derrick is hurting too. And while Derrick is the focus of Chicago’s offense, Noah is the foundation of the defense.

Well, all we can do is wait. And I guess somebody better start oiling up Kurt Thomas’ joints.

10 Responses to Joakim Noah has an injured hand

    BFD December 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    Kinda had a feeling about this one. His numbers and his energy the past few games have been down for the most part (with the exception of a few good quarters here and there).

    Chuck December 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    I think it is more likely that he will delay surgery on the thumb untill the offseason as long as there is no risk of further damage if he plays. Offense is not a huge part of his game and I think this injury would effect his offense more than his rebounding and defense.

    Gorditadog December 15, 2010 at 11:39 pm #

    Ha-ha, Kurt “Oil Can” Thomas.

  4. Inception December 16, 2010 at 2:16 am #

    bulls expected to formally announce on Thursday that Noah will need surgery on that thumb…could miss as much as 10 weeks….better hope Booz can stay healthy, or it’s going to be a LONG two months.

    Tae December 16, 2010 at 2:31 am #

    You might as well do the surgery now. The Bulls only face 3 teams with over 500 records during 10 weeks, and we need a healthy Noah down the road than a crippled Noah all year.

  6. Ajit December 16, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    Apparently the Bulls organization agrees, Tae.
    Sources are saying they will announce that Noah will miss 8-10 weeks for surgery.

    Mad King December 16, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    Major bummer about Noah, especially coming off such a big win today. Really puts a damper on the whole winning streak.

    BoppinBob December 16, 2010 at 4:36 am #

    Asik and Thomas with some Gibson for the next 8-10 weeks. I guess we will find out how solid the Bulls are at center.

    Scottie Pippen December 16, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    could be blessing in disguise, puts pressure on the bench to preform and make plays, this will only help during a playoff run, still sucks though


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