In the midst of his second triple-double of the season, the fifth of his career and a career-high 14-assist outing, Joakim Noah sprained his right ankle in the third quarter of Sunday afternoon’s 109-90 Bulls’ rout over the Knicks at the United Center.
Noah went to the Bulls’ locker room and got the ankle re-taped by the team’s training staff, but returned to start the fourth quarter of the game, which he finished with 13 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds.
The All-Star center acknowledged that he was in some pain, but strongly implied that he would play in Monday night’s game against the Nets in Brooklyn.
“It feels like [expletive] right now, man. I’m not going to lie to you. But I’m going to put some ice on it and get all my treatment. Playing Brooklyn, I love playing at home. So playing the Knicks, playing Brooklyn, I don’t take those things lightly and for granted,” he explained. “It hurts, but it’s not as bad as some previous ones that I’ve had.”
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau added: “I didn’t get a chance to look at the replay yet. I guess he didn’t roll it over, but you never know until really the next day, where the swelling is. Hopefully he’ll be fine.”