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Sore groin to sideline Noah
by Adam Fluck
Posted on Oct 18
Joakim Noah made his preseason debut on Wednesday, but Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said on Friday the All-Star center continues to experience soreness in his groin and will miss the next few games.
“We’re going to shut Jo down,” Thibodeau said following the team’s shootaround at the United Center. “He’s got a little soreness (in his groin) so we want to make sure we get that taken care of. So probably another week or so. We just want to make sure he’s completely healthy before we move forward.”
Jimmy Butler, who missed Wednesday’s game with a left knee contusion, is a game-time decision for Friday’s matchup against the Pacers (7 p.m. CT | CSN-Chicago & NBA TV | ESPN 1000) after participating in parts of the shootaround.
Derrick Rose, who returned to action Wednesday against Detroit after a one-game absence, is good to go against Indiana.
As for Noah, who played 19:45 against the Pistons and hauled in eight rebounds, Thibodeau said his condition has improved, but his groin has not fully healed.
“It’s better, but it’s not where we would like it to be,” said Thibodeau of Noah. “We want it completely healthy where he doesn’t feel it.
“His feet are really good, so that’s a plus. Overall I thought his timing wasn’t great offensively, like it normally is, but defensively his reaction to the ball was terrific and his defense was outstanding, so that part is good.
“There’s things he can do right now,” Thibodeau added. “He’s in the pool, so he’s taking care of his cardio that way, and he’s doing a lot of band work and things like that, so it’s good.”
Noah’s absence will keep the team from having it’s starting five that also includes Rose, Butler, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer on the floor together, but that’s something that hasn’t frustrated Thibodeau at all, given it has allowed him to look at different combinations and experimenting with players at different positions.
“This is what you go through in a season,” remarked Thibodeau.
While admittedly a great deal of attention has been surrounding Rose’s return, Thibodeau took a moment to highlight what goes into overall team improvement with the regular season opener just 11 days away.
“Every day to come in with the right mindset, put everything you have into preparing yourself to practice well, concentrate for the entire practice, put maximum effort forward, do your job,” explained Thibodeau. “It’s a five man offense and a five man defense. Everyone has to understand what their responsibilities are. You’re always working on that aspect and if you build the right habits throughout the course of a season, you give yourself your best chance to play well at the end.”
Audio—Tom Thibodeau meets the media following shootaround at the United Center (10.18.2013):
Audio—Derrick Rose meets the media following shootaround at the United Center (10.18.2013):