Just when the Bulls were starting to get rolling, another big man goes down for what many thought was the most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference.
Joakim Noah is now out for up to ten weeks after re-aggravating a thumb injury that was originally diagnosed November 27th. This comes after the Bulls just got Carlos Boozer back after missing the first five weeks with a lower body injury.
Noah was the emotional leader of the team and was averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds a game and is in the top five leaders in the league in rebounding.
Now the Bulls will have to turn back to Taj Gibson who filled in well for Boozer and Omar Asik.
The question is can the Bulls maintain their recent string of winning habits with their second best player out of the lineup?
The Bulls had won 7 straight with Noah in the lineup. Although six of their seven games look like wins a road matchup versus the suddenly hot Knicks and early MVP candidate Amare Stoudamire could prove to be tricky.
Also down the road the Bulls face tough matchups with San Antonio, Orlando an Miami and Noah’s inside presence would’ve been huge against Tim Duncan and Dwight Howard.
Whatever the case the Bulls have to do without one of the league’s best centers for awhile. They made it without Boozer and came out well for the ware and now they get a new test without Noah
Hopefully their recent run isn’t slowed and the Bulls can maintain their momentum.