Joakim Noah expected to return Thursday

2/4/13 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Things turned bleak for the Chicago Bulls when they lost four players, to injuries just into their second contest on a six-game road trip last Friday. The Chicago Bulls were already without starters Kirk Hinrich as well as Derrick Rose, due to elbow and ACL surgery respectively. But the Chicago Bulls might find some consolation in knowing that All-Star center Joakim Noah could be back in the lineup on Thursday.
Joakim Noah missed his third straight game due plantar fasciitis in his right foot on Monday. However, after Monday morning shootaround (ahead of playing the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse that night), Joakim Noah was hopeful towards returning Thursday, when the Chicago Bulls take on the Denver Nuggets.
"I feel pretty good, but just give it a couple more days and try to go on Thursday [at Denver],"said Joakim Noah. "... I'm just moving in the right direction and hopefully by Thursday I'll be ready to go."
Three seasons ago, Joakim Noah missed 18 games while battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The issue was finally resolved after Joakim Noah underwent a procedure shock wave therapy. But Joakim Noah believes this time around, the injury jumped on him significantly earlier.
"The one in 09-10, I just kept playing through it. I probably played with it for a month until I couldn’t anymore,” said Joakim Noah. “This time, I stopped a lot earlier. I probably played on it for five or six games. I just knew what direction it was going in.”
“In 09-10, I just tried to act like it wasn’t there and play through it,” said of when he initially continued playing through the plantar fasciitis, ultimately delaying his recovery. “That was a mistake. With a couple more days of treatment, I’m hoping to be OK."
Joakim Noah adopted a more cautious approach this time by cutting back on running and jumping so as not to aggravate the plantar fasciitis. The 27-year-old  Joakim Noah is also resting the injury while taking shots on the Chicago Bulls’ off-day Sunday to speed up the healing process in his right foot. Joakim Noah also underwent laser procedure and is treating the plantar fasciitis with ice.

"You definitely learn from your experiences. I’ve been through this before. I know what to expect,” said Joakim Noah. “I’ve gotten all these treatments before. I’m hoping with a couple more days rest I’ll be back at 100 percent and I won’t have to deal with this anymore."

The five-year veteran Joakim Noah is averaging a career high 12.1 points and 11.3 rebounds this season. 
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