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Sources: Noah may have fracture

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09:20 AM ET 05.05 | Joakim Noah gruesomely turned his left ankle as he led a fast break and stepped on Andre Iguodala's foot with 7 minutes, 57 seconds left in the third. Hobbling badly, he purposely fouled Evan Turner at the 6:46 mark so he could exit straight to the locker room. Noah is in bad shape. Initial X-rays were negative, however the team hasn't ruled out a fracture, two sources said.

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May 5, 2012  09:25 AM ET

That was the loudest scream I've heard.
Feel sorry for the Bulls.

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May 5, 2012  10:22 AM ET

I don't think it's a fracture, just a severe sprain.

Stupid for the Bulls to let Noah (briefly) go back in, though. I don't blame Noah, he was just trying to play through the pain and be there for his team, but it's the coaches and trainers jobs to hold him back from that when it's likely only going to make things worse for him.

Provided the Bulls can get past the Sixers (which is, of course, a big 'if'), Noah continuing to try run up and down the court on that ankle a few more times in the game could possibly mean he'll miss more games in the next series than he otherwise would have.

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May 5, 2012  10:46 AM ET

Time To Be Put Out To Pasture, Bro?

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May 5, 2012  11:02 AM ET
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Feel sorry for the Bulls.

I don't. Not one bit. The Bulls are just a one dimensional team. Rose goes down and the rest of them look less than ordinary. The Sixers just exposed them for what they are.

BTW, for all the hoopla surrounding this guy, Boozer is a useless bum. Not worth half the money he's getting.

May 5, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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I don't think it's a fracture, just a severe sprain. Stupid for the Bulls to let Noah (briefly) go back in, though. I don't blame Noah, he was just trying to play through the pain and be there for his team,

Fracture or sprain. Whatever. At least Noah showed some real balls trying, even though you could see he was in great pain. That's a hell of a lot more than you can say about most of the rest of the Bulls.

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May 5, 2012  12:19 PM ET

No biggie. Just not their year. Go get em next year when(IF) Rose can learn to play without injury

May 5, 2012  12:37 PM ET
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No biggie. Just not their year. Go get em next year when(IF) Rose can learn to play without injury

What do you expect to happen to him when he's carrying the whole team on his back all season long? Until the Bulls sign some real players to compliment Rose and make his job easier, they're going nowhere.

May 5, 2012  03:50 PM ET
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I don't. Not one bit. The Bulls are just a one dimensional team. Rose goes down and the rest of them look less than ordinary. The Sixers just exposed them for what they are. BTW, for all the hoopla surrounding this guy, Boozer is a useless bum. Not worth half the money he's getting.

You do realize they went 18-9 without him in the season, with wins over Miami, LA, and San Antonio among others?

May 5, 2012  05:02 PM ET
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* for clarification- I saw nothing wrong with leaving rose in there

I gotta say, before the clarification, I was gonna have to say "come on, man....". I saw no reason to believe such a thing could happen and nor did anyone else. Only in retrospect should he have been pulled; and who knows, he may have torn it a minute into the next game, or in practice. Also, you're absolutely right, damn good coach.

May 5, 2012  05:38 PM ET
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You do realize they went 18-9 without him in the season, with wins over Miami, LA, and San Antonio among others?

So ... where are they now, when it counts?

May 5, 2012  06:43 PM ET

The same old Paxson formula- blue collar guys who work hard and play as a team. . . and he has the perfect coach for that kind of team. The problem is- it doesn't work in the playoffs. Everyone starts playing defense and the game speeds up. The teams with the best athletes and basketball players win in the playoffs, a bunch of overachievers do not win. This didn't work before for Chicago, in the pre-Rose era, and it won't work now, even if Rose plays. Chicago simply doesn't have enough position by position superiority over the best teams to beat them. The whole thing is just beyond my understanding- paying Boozer 20 million a year or what ever, paying Deng 14-16 million a year, hiring a washed up shooting guard to "compliment" Rose- how do Paxson and Forman kept their jobs?

 
May 5, 2012  10:16 PM ET

Injuries ruin everything. I still remain a Bulls fan. I just hope their players can recover well enough and get ready for next year. They have way too many injuries to see success in the playoffs.

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