Foot still hobbling Noah

Updated: January 25, 2010, 1:33 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

SAN ANTONIO -- The Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah is still battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot and is a game-time decision for Monday night's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

"We'll see how it goes later," a dejected Noah said after Monday morning's shootaround. "But, I'm just not moving right. It's frustrating because I've had it for a while but it's just getting worse."

Noah received a pain-killing injection before Saturday's game against the Rockets but was unable to play. He also received a deep-tissue massage on Sunday and is sleeping with a boot to immobilize the foot and accelerate the healing process, but he didn't sound confident about playing against Tim Duncan and Co.

"If I can play, I'll play," Noah said. "I'm going to take a pill, take a shot, do whatever I have to do to try to play. But I took the shot last game and it didn't help and it didn't help at all. And there's no point in trying to go when you know deep inside you're only hurting the team."

To make matters worse for coach Vinny Del Negro, Derrick Rose is battling the same flu bug that has been hovering around the team all week. The good news for Del Negro is that he expects Rose to play.

"Hopefully, we can get [Noah] out there," Del Negro said. "Brad [Miller]'s knee's bothering him a little bit. Derrick's sick, so we're just trying to get over this sickness with the team and heal some plantar fasciitis up and get our guys out there. We'll just go with what we can go with. Our body count's a little low in terms of that but we'll see. It's part of the deal."

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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