Joakim Noah and Marco Belinelli will miss tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons.
It will be Noah’s fifth straight game missed and ninth overall as he continues to rest and receive treatment from plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Belinelli will miss his fourth straight game with an abdominal strain, but sounds a lot closer to returning than Noah.
“Right now, you’re coming off a back-to-back, so he’s doing some shooting,” said Thibodeau on Belinelli. “We’re walking through, not practicing. I think he’s real close. I think getting an opportunity to practice will be good for him.”
Both Noah and Belinelli are listed as day-to-day.
The Bulls have not lost to the Pistons since Dec. 23, 2000, and have defeated them 17 straight times.
During the streak, the Bulls have outscored Detroit by a margin of 10.1 points, but missing four rotation players and coming off a loss on Saturday in which they surrendered a lead and allowed a 15-1 run, Thibodeau stressed his mantra of readiness.
“We've got to be ready,” Thibodeau said. “We have to play for 48 minutes.”
The NBA ruled one of Taj Gibson’s fouls against Miami Heat forward LeBron James a flagrant foul.
The foul occurred with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter and was ruled a regular shooting foul, with no video review.
“I guess we have to call the league and get clarification,” Thibodeau said. “I didn’t see it that way. I still don’t have a good understanding of what a flagrant foul is. By rule, it’s unnecessary and excessive [contact]. I thought I got some clarity last year, but apparently I didn’t.”
After the loss, which snapped Miami’s 27-game winning streak, James called out a foul by Kirk Hinrich on a first quarter foul and Gibson on a fourth quarter foul.
When asked if James’ opinion carries weight in the decision making by the league, Thibodeau responded; “I guess we have to talk to the league to find out.”