(CBS) While the Bulls won’t officially rule Joakim Noah out for their playoff series against the Nets, it’s unlikely the center will see much action.
If Noah plays, he’ll be extremely limited with a case of plantar fasciitis in his right foot when the Bulls open up round one of the NBA Playoffs on Saturday in New York.
“It’s really disappointing for me,” Noah said Friday. “You work really hard in the summer and the season to be ready for situations like this, and just to be hurt is really disappointing. It is what it is. We fought hard to get here, and we’re a very capable team. It’s going to be an exciting series against Brooklyn.”
Noah didn’t participate in the team’s practice Friday and said he was taking anti-inflammatory medication to aid his potential come back.
“I’m just taking it game-by-game,” he said. “It’s hard, but it’s not about me. I’m just going to do everything I can to get back there, help the team as soon as I can. But I’m in a lot of pain right now.’’
The 28-year-old blamed himself for not doing something about the injury sooner.
“I just wish I was a little bit smarter,” Noah said. “I played games in the regular season that I probably shouldn’t have played, and it’s going to be tough but these are the cards I was dealt.’’