Wednesday, March 16, 2011
By Aggrey Sam
After Wednesday's practice, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau discussed the status of starting inside duo Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, both of whom missed Tuesday's home win over Washington, the team's seventh straight victory and 12th consecutive triumph at the United Center.
"I think he'll be fine. He was back to normal today--for him," said Thibodeau of Noah, whose absence Tuesday was due to illness, injecting some humor into his prognosis.
Thibodeau was less definitive about the progress of Boozer--the power forward didn't participate in Wednesday's practice and walked with a noticeable limp--who has now missed three consecutive games since spraining his left ankle in Charlotte last week.
"Carlos did a little bit, did some shooting today, so he's coming along," said Thibodeau. "Still day-to-day. Each day, he does a little bit more, but again, we want to be smart about it.
"We're not going to rush. When he's completely healthy, he'll be back."
Following practice, the Eastern Conference's first-place team departs for New Jersey, where they will face the Nets Thursday evening. The Bulls will take on the Pacers in Indianapolis the next night before returning to Chicago.