Joakim Noah, Bulls center who’s very famous with price per head sportsbooks around the world, was sitting out of his team’s 104-95 overtime win over the 76ers on Wednesday night due to a sore left knee.
The player’s absence in the game was a bit surprising, considering the fact that he participated in the Bulls’ shootaranoud that same day, and was believed to feature in the meeting. The year’s top defensive player in the league said that he didn’t consider the injury that he suffered to be a constant problem.
“[I’m] just not feeling great,” said the player. “Just got to use the next couple days to recover and get my body feeling right and get ready for the next one.”
Noah, who was operated on his left knee after the last NBA season, said that the decision he made was influenced by the amount of meetings that were played in the last few days. The game on Wednesday was the fifth one played in seven nights by Chicago.
“Obviously, we’ve been playing a lot of games,” said Noah. “I’m disappointed that I’m not going to be able to be there with my teammates, but I trust my teammates and I feel like guys are going to do a good job tonight.”
The player said that he would keep on resting and getting treatment, and hoped to face the Hornets on Friday night.
“I don’t think it’s a big roadblock at all,” said Noah. “I want to be out there with my teammates but I have to listen to my body and I’ll use the next couple days to be ready.”
During the season’s first few months, the player wasn’t performing like he usually does as he was struggling with the effects of his knee surgery last May, as well as problems with his ankle. However, lately he did a much better job, with a 5.8-point average, as well as 8.0 assists and 10.0 rebounds made in his last five meetings.
The injury suffered by the Noah means that Chicago are now without the services of four out of their five top players. Many Bulls fans are concerned, as they learned that other players who won’t feature for the game are Taj Gibson (ankle) Derrick Rose (knee) as well as Jimmy Butler (elbow), and pay per head sportsbooks would like to see how the team will do as they try to work their way around their absences.