Noah expected to face Portland

Updated: February 26, 2010, 2:12 PM ET
By Nick Friedell |

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) and Luol Deng (swollen knee) are both expected to play Friday night against the Blazers.

"Everybody's playing," Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro said after Friday morning's shootaround. "Lu's got some swelling in his knee a little bit, but he'll be fine. Jo is Jo right now. We're just trying to manage that."

Deng didn't practice much on Thursday and spent his time riding a stationary bike. Noah missed practice so that he could have a bone scan done on his aching left foot.

Noah is averaging 11 points and 11 rebounds a game. Deng is averaging 18 points and seven rebounds.

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