Bulls’ Joakim Noah could miss opening round

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah returned for the team’s regular season finale, playing limited minutes off the bench in preparation for the playoffs. There was thought that he could fill a similar role as the postseason began, but now there’s question if he’ll participate in the first round at all, according to Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago.

The Bulls are considering Noah as day to day, and there’s a possibility that he’ll be “hobbled for the entire series,” according to Sam. Noah is understandably frustrated by the situation.

“I’ve got a tear in my foot. It is what it is. I’m upset at myself because I let this linger for a long time and I have no one to blame but myself. I just wish that I was a little bit smarter. I played games in the regular season that I shouldn’t have played. It’s going to be tough, but these are the cards that I was dealt and I’m just going to do the best that I can to get back as quick as I can.”

The center is out of Chicago’s starting lineup for Game 1 today, and it’s not clear if he’ll play at all during the opener against the Brooklyn Nets. The plantar fascia tear he’s dealing with requires complete immobilization to fully heal, but Noah’s continued to push the injury by playing through the pain with the help of anti-inflammatory drugs.

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