DEERFIELD, Ill.Bulls center Joakim Noah will be a game-time decision for Tuesdays Game of the teams first-round series with the 76ers, according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Hes a little better, the coach said after the Bulls Monday-afternoon practice at the Berto Center. Most likely out.
Noah suffered a left-ankle sprain in the Bulls Game 3 loss at Philadelphia and while he returned to the floor briefly, he appeared to be extremely hobbled.
After Fridays game and at the teams media-availability session Saturday, Noah used crutches to walk and wore an air cast, but while on the bench during Sundays Game 4, he wore a walking boot as he supported his teammates during a loss that put them in a 3-1 hole in the series.
Thibodeau said Noah is doing some walking around and the swelling in his ankle is down, but it remains highly unlikely that he plays in Tuesdays potential elimination game.
This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek.
Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling.
Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above.
CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday.
The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.
Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.
Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.
The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season.
Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.