CHICAGO -- Bulls center Joakim Noah just walked very slowly into the locker room before tonight's Game 5.
Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau again repeated what he said after this morning's shootaround that Noah is a game-time decision, but it would be a shocker to see him play. Noah is on the bench in street clothes and will not play.
Noah has been in walking boot but removed the boot to show free throws this morning. He has still not run since injuring the ankle in Game 3 on Friday night and has only been riding a stationary bike.
Without Noah, the Bulls lost Games 3 and 4 in Philadelphia and Sixers center Spencer Hawes had big games with more than 20 points in each victory.
"He has an unusual skill set," Thibodeau told reporters earlier about Noah. "He runs the floor. He playmakes. He can shoot. He can post. He’s a big-time offensive rebounder.
"But that being said, we have more than enough to win with. All our guys have strengths and weaknesses so we just have to play to our strengths. We just have to play well. We just have to do our job. Emotion is part of it, but you have to concentrate on doing your job."