Joakim Noah missed Game 4 Sunday afternoon due to a sprained ankle he suffered in Friday night's Game 3 loss to the Sixers. If the Bulls are going to extend this series, it looks like they're going to have to do it without Noah.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Noah's ankle sprain is severe enough that it will force him to miss Game 5 Tuesday night in Chicago.
Despite getting rid of the crutches, Noah was sporting a walking boot on the sidelines during Game 4. After the loss, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau talked about what the team is missing by not having Noah on the court.
"Jo's a much better shooter than he's given credit for and can knock down those 16-foot shots pretty consistently. That opens things up for you."
Reserve center Omer Asik started in place of Noah and recorded just one point and six rebounds in 22 minutes of play.
The Chicago Bulls will introduce Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen today, and you can watch on CSN or live stream at CSNChicago.com/watchlive.
Tune in as coverage starts at 11 a.m. with players set to take the podium.
The trio was acquired in the Bulls' trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. LaVine is rehabbing from a torn ACL, which cut his strong campaign short last season. Dunn is coming into his second season and was a player Gar/Pax thought highly of in last year's draft. Markkanen is a stretch-four that was drafted out of Arizona with the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Read more about the new Bulls in Mark Strotman's scouting report.
Who voted Gar Forman for the NBA's Executive of the Year award? That's the question on Bulls fans' minds late Monday.
As the Athletic's Sean Highkin tweeted, the Bulls general manager received one vote for the award, sparking speculation from Evanston to Evergreen Park.
670 The Score's Julie Dicaro had one theory:
While Locked on Fantasy podcast host believed it was Sam Presti, referencing the midseason Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott trade Gar/Pax made with the Oklahoma City Thunder:
ESPN's Adam Rittenberg went a third route:
Twitter stays savaging.