Thibodeau: Noah 'most likely out' for Game 5

Thibodeau: Noah 'most likely out' for Game 5
May 7, 2012, 8:30 pm
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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.