Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer will play Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing the last two games because of a sore knee.

"I feel great," Boozer said after Friday's shootaround. "I'm going to play. I feel terrific. It ended up just being a bruise in a couple different places. We just took care of it. It needed the rehab, to heal and get stronger. It feels great."

One player who still isn't feeling emotionally great is Joakim Noah. The veteran center, who missed practice Thursday because of an illness, declined to speak with reporters again.

Noah participated in the shootaround and is expected to play Friday, but he has not spoken to the media since the Bulls dealt Luol Deng late Monday.

Coach Tom Thibodeau is hoping Noah and his teammates can get over the shock of the Deng trade soon.

"You have to lock into the guys that are here," Thibodeau said. "What do we have to do to win? And what are the strengths and weaknesses of the group that we do have? If we do that we'll be fine. The important thing is to concentrate on our opponent, what we have to do to improve, and everybody chase excellence. Just keep driving forward.

"If we do that, everyone will be fine. I think the important thing is not to look behind. Just look ahead. We have a great group of guys and they've responded to every challenge they've faced this year."