Bulls' Joakim Noah continues playing through pain

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah continues playing through pain, as he told reporters -- including Teddy Greenstein of The Chicago Tribune -- after last night's Game 3 win over the Brooklyn Nets that his plantar fasciitis makes it fell like he has needles underneath his foot.

While Noah was happy with the win, he admitted that he's still hampered by the foot injury, and it hurts. It's not expected to get much better, as the team doesn't have a significant amount of time to rest. This is the only way you can truly heal plantar fasciitis, so instead Noah and the Bulls will simply have to treat the injury.

Coach Tom Thibodeau was impressed with the way Noah battled, as the big man continues to get his timing back on the offensive end of the court.

"He just battled," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Things really weren't going his way. This is to be anticipated because he has missed so much time. He hasn't practiced since the All-Star break. His timing is not there, but each day it's getting better."

The injury will be something to continue to monitor, as it will certainly hamper Noah through the playoffs. So far he's provided one solid game, one OK performance and one flop in Game 1. We'll see what the rest of the series holds for him.

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