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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will not play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, but an MRI scan revealed no serious damage to his sprained ankle.
Coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters that the scan came back “clean” and he hopes that the All-Star can return soon in order to help the Bulls get out of their recent slump.
“He’s making progress, so we’ll see where he is when we get back,” Thibodeau added.
Noah initially sprained his ankle back at the start of December and then tweaked it again the next night. He missed four games that month because of the injury and on-going issues with his left knee on which he had surgery in the off-season.
More recently he has missed the past three games and continues to get treatment on the ankle which is undoubtedly a factor in the Bulls lacking consistency in their performances.
Thibodeau also received some good news regarding rookie Doug McDermott who is expected to be active for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery on December 13.
McDermott struggled to find a spot in the rotation earlier in the season and while he will unlikely make his comeback on Monday, he will hope to force his way back into the plans of the coach moving forward ahead of the playoffs.
Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy will miss his 10th straight game on Monday due to a right ankle injury, although Thibodeau revealed that the veteran has started running again but he “still needs a little more time”.