It just keeps getting worse for the Chicago Bulls.
After already ruling Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng out of Tuesday night’s game, the Bulls have now learned they will be without big man Joakim Noah when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks.
Butler hasn’t played since an 86-81 win over the Charlotte Bobcats back on November 18. In his absence, the Bulls are just 2-7. He’s averaging 11.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 assists per game. Deng missed Saturday’s 92-75 loss to the Detroit Pistons just two days after scoring 20 points in 42 minutes in a 107-87 victory over the Miami Heat. He is being bothered by an Achilles injury.
Noah told ESPN Chicago’s Nike Friedell that he has a knee contusion. Noah appeared to be snapping out of his funk after scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a 131-128 triple overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans Monday and scoring 17 points and pulling down 15 rebounds in the win over the Heat. However, the six-year veteran looked uncomfortable in the loss to the Pistons. He had just two points on one-of-seven shooting.
The Bulls and Bucks will tip-off at 8:00 pm EST Tuesday.