Bulls’ Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson return from injury

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and forward Taj Gibson returned from injuries to see limited action for the team last night in their 102-84 win over the Orlando Magic.

Noah has been battling through plantar fasciitis, which has caused him to miss the previous four games. The injury in his left foot is only truly healed through rest and immobilization, but the Bulls don’t have the luxury of resting their key big man much more.

Gibson has been out for the Bulls’ past seven games due to a knee injury. He missed 10 games due to the injury in March, but he was able to return, only to reinjure the knee during his fifth game back on April 2.

Both players saw limited action last night, and coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters – including Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago – that both players could continue to see less playing time than normal as they ease back into more regular roles with the team.

"I thought both guys were very active," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who is not sure if Noah and Gibson will be on a minutes limit for the playoffs. "It was just good to have some depth, to have some guys you could play up front."

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