The Chicago Bulls are struggling and things got worse on Wednesday with the announcement of an injury to a key starter.
The Chicago Bulls are reeling as of late, having dropped their last three games. The latest loss on Monday to Brooklyn was made even worse with the fact that a key starter suffered an injury that will cause him to miss some time.
Center Joakim Noah was making a defensive play against Brooklyn’s Andrea Bargnani when he suffered an apparent shoulder injury.
Noah has officially been diagnosed with a slight tear in his left shoulder and the team announced on Wednesday that he’d be out somewhere in the 2-4 weeks range. Pro Basketball Talk blogger Kurt Helin reported news of the injury on Twitter.
The veteran center is a key piece of what the Bulls do on the court. Though he’s not known for his offense with just 4.5 points a game, he’s a force on the glass with an average of nearly nine rebounds a game and is a menace to opposing players when he’s on defense.
Chicago plays its next game in front of a national audience on Christmas Day against the Oklahoma City thunder. The Bulls are currently 15-11 and placed fourth in the Central division and sit in the seventh spot overall in the Eastern Conference.
Some key games versus Eastern Conference foes that are upcoming may prove even tougher now for the Bulls with the absence of Noah.