Noah to miss Pacers game
CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah will not travel to Indianapolis for the Bulls game against the Pacers on Saturday night.
The third-year center, who has been battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot for close to two months, told reporters of the decision to rest after the Bulls 115-111 overtime win over the Blazers.
"I'm not feeling great," he said. "My foot is hurting a little bit. But I'm happy we won the game today. I probably won't travel with the team [Friday] night. And just get some more treatment on it. That's it."
Noah had been playing limited minutes since returning to action last week, but logged 27 minutes in Friday's contest, scoring eight points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
"We probably got a little greedy," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said while discussing Noah's minutes. "But I asked him how he felt and he said he felt good, but I could see he got a little fatigued. His length made a big difference for us against [Marcus] Camby and [LaMarcus] Aldridge. He is sore right now. His injury is going to bother him for a while whether we play him 10 minutes or 20 minutes. Hopefully, we can manage it the right way and take it day by day with him and his therapy."
Noah could hardly put any weight on his foot after the game.
"I feel like everybody has an opinion about whether I should play or whether I shouldn't play," he said. "There's no right or wrong answer. As a player I want to be out there. So it's hard when ... I don't know, I guess it depends on the game. Right now, I don't even know what to say."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com