Chicago was hoping for a big break in Game 1 of the first round against the Nets with the return of All-Star center Joakim Noah, but all it got was a big tease.

Noah, who missed 12 of the Bulls’ final 15 games while battling plantar fasciitis, was inserted into the starting lineup at the last minute, but finished with four points and five rebounds in a little more than 13 minutes in Chicago’s 106-89 loss to the Nets last night at Barclays Center.

After not having practiced on Friday, Noah was listed as questionable for Game 1, but his status hinged on how his foot responded during the pregame shootaround.

“Yeah [the foot showed improvement],” Noah said. “It’s not great but I think it will get better. I’ll be all right, I’ll be fine. I’m just excited for Monday.”

Though Noah was anxious to play, there were signs of rust. Noah, who averaged 11.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and four assists in the regular season, did not score a basket until 11:41 in the third quarter, missing his first three attempts.

“I’m disappointed in the way we played,” Noah said. “We didn’t play well offensively and we didn’t execute. We’ve dealt with adversity all year and now we got smacked in the face and it’s on us to bounce back.”

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said there would be a “restriction” on the number of minutes his leading rebounder would play, and he live up to his word.

After subbing out with 5:35 to play in the first quarter, Noah wouldn’t return until the start of the second half, and even then, he played just seven more minutes before heading back to the bench for the rest of the game.