Bulls' Noah plays vs. Pacers

Updated: February 24, 2010, 10:37 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah returned from injury Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers.

Noah, who has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot for over a month, will be watched carefully by the Bulls medical staff. He played only seven minutes, scored five points and pulled down two rebounds in the Bulls' 120-110 win.

"There's some restrictions," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said after Wednesday morning's shootaround. "I just have to see how he feels, and then we'll work through it from there."

Del Negro was asked if Noah may be overstepping his pain threshold to try and get on the floor quicker.

"Everybody's different," he said. "Everybody's pain threshold is different. Everybody's injuries are different. Your body's going to react differently.

"We'll just have to make sure he gets his therapy and see how he feels. And if he's productive out there and he can help us, which I know he can, we'll just see how he can work through it."

Noah is averaging 11 points and 12 rebounds a game this season.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.

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