An extremely downcast Joakim Noah wouldn't rule himself out for Saturday's playoff opener in Brooklyn against the Nets. But if the Chicago Bulls' center can play at all, he will be extremely limited from plantar fasciitis in his right foot. "It’s really disappointing for me," Noah said following practice at the Berto Center. "You work really hard in the summer and the season to be ready for situations like this, and just to be hurt is really disappointing. It is what it is. We fought hard to get here, and we’re a very capable team. It’s going to be an exciting series against Brooklyn." Noah didn't practice and said he is taking anti-inflammatory pills to try to compete. He had a cortisone shot recently and also has undergone platelet-rich plasma therapy on the condition, which sidelined him for 15 games during the season. "I’m just taking it game-by-game," Noah said. "It’s hard, but it’s not about me. I’m just going to do everything I can to get back there, help the team as soon as I can. But I’m in a lot of pain right now.’’ Nazr Mohammed is almost certain to start against All-Star center Brook Lopez. Coach Tom Thibodeau did say he's hopeful that the minutes limit on Taj Gibson, who has been recovering from a sprained MCL in his left knee, would be lifted. Noah played just over 28 minutes in the Bulls' final two regular-season games. "It just flares up on me," Noah said. "Even in the limited time I had in the last two games, it wasn’t pretty. It’s painful and I’m just trying to find solutions. It’s tough, but at the end of the day it’s not about one player. I’m really proud of this team. I think we put ourselves in a pretty good situation right now, and I think we’re a very capable group regardless. But I definitely want to be there and help as much as I can.
Downcast Noah limited at best for Nets' series
Chicago Tribune | Apr 19