Joakim Noah returns to practice

Updated: April 4, 2011, 4:10 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah returned to practice Monday after being shelved for a week with an injured ankle.

"It feels a lot better," Noah said. "Just going to get treatment. I was able to practice today and I'm excited for [Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns].

"I want to be out there all the time. Injuries are something that really suck. But it's a part of it. Knowing how to deal with it, knowing when I'm able to say, 'I can't go,' ... it's tough, but at the same time, this is a really exciting time period and I want to be out there."

Noah missed three games since suffering the injury against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 28, but coach Tom Thibodeau is hopeful Noah will play Tuesday.

"He moved well today, so hopefully he'll be ready to go," Thibodeau said. "The injury he had [with the] ankle, that happens. He did a good job with his rehab and hopefully he'll be ready to go."

Carlos Boozer was sick and missed practice Monday.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.

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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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