In a February game against a non-conference opponent resting 4 major rotation players, Joakim Noah played 39 minutes on a hurting right foot. Worse yet, they lost anyway, though I'd say the results matter less than the foresight in handling injuries.
Per Jay's recap, Noah had a 3rd straight game where he's looked better, but still not completely back. I had a similar impression, and though Noah did collect 5 offensive rebounds, he only had 7 points on 3-5 shooting. His 5 fouls, and the general defensive issues of the team lately, could be tied to a lack of full agility to do the things he normally does. Noah can still put up numbers, especially in that many minutes, but it's a difference between what we see now and his All-Star-level of play earlier in the season.
Noah has vowed to play through the injury andhoping the foot improves even though playing NBA games (especially the ThibsBall kind) isn't the usual prescription. After Monday, Noah seemed a bit frustrated:
I just don't have a good answer to give you guys...There's no right or wrong, it's just trying to find something that works. I didn't do much for the last two days so, just rest. I got to figure out something that works because I have to practice, too.
Noah still trying to figure out how to play through pain
Blog-A-Bull | Feb 12