Once again, the Chicago Bulls will be extremely shorthanded Tuesday night, sitting Derrick Rose, Richard Hamilton, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson for a home game against the Toronto Raptors.

Of the nicked-up players, only Marco Belinelli will play, and he could start while remaining on a minutes limit of around 20 or 22 minutes, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

The Bulls are hopeful Deng (sore right hip), Gibson (sprained MCL in left knee) and possibly even Hamilton (sore back) could play before the regular-season ends. The prospects for Rose and Noah are more bleak.

Noah, wearing socks, got some shots up gingerly after the morning shootaround and revealed he tried a cortisone shot in his latest attempt to quell the plantar fasciitis in his right foot. With just six regular-season games remaining, Noah admitted the injury is bad but won't shut it down because he wants to return for the playoffs.

"Taj is a lot better. Lu is better. Rip is getting better. Jo is the tricky one," Thibodeau said. "I’m hopeful he’s going to respond well. He’s doing everything he can to get back out there. But you have to wait and see on that. As I told him, I don’t want him out there if he’s injured. He’s working hard on his rehab. Hopefully, it will respond."

Asked if the setback Noah suffered after Sunday's game in Detroit set the center back to square one, Thibodeau said:

"I don't want to go there," he said. "It was enough where we were concerned. We don’t want him out there if he’s injured. The time he was out, he put a lot of time into his rehab. He’s somewhat discouraged. But he can’t be discouraged. He just has to keep doing what he’s doing. And hopefully he’ll be ready to go before the end of the season."

Thibodeau also stressed that even though he said Monday he didn't like starting Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson together, it was more because of how it affected his rotation than those two playing together.