The Bulls, still not over the loss of Derrick Rose, are faced with the prospect of playing Game 4 without Joakim Noah. Chicago's starting center suffered a sprained left ankle as he was fouled attempting a layup in the third quarter of his team's Game 3 loss on Friday.
"Most likely he'll be out tomorrow," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday following a team film session at the Four Seasons Hotel. "It's a sprain. I haven't gotten the grade yet but it's doubtful. We'll see him tomorrow."
Noah, seen Saturday on a pair of crutches and with his ankle heavily wrapped, has been the Bulls' best player in the playoffs, averaging 15.0 points and 9.3 rebounds through three games. Listed as day-to-day by the Bulls, Noah will be replaced in the lineup by Omer Asik.
Despite the offensive struggles of Andre Iguodala and Chicago's Luol Deng Friday, (4 for 16 field goals combined in Game 3), Iguodala was much more of a factor for his team because of his defense. And he was doing it with a burning Achilles in his right ankle that forced him to go back to the locker room for a short period in the fourth quarter.