Joakim Noah plays, inspired, in painPosted by Inside Hoops
The primal screams and “jazz hands” gestures keep coming from Joakim Noah, and for good reason.
Playing 38 minutes, 43 seconds Saturday — close to nine minutes more than coach Tom Thibodeau’s stated pregame limit — isn’t something the Bulls’ emotional leader takes for granted.
“It’s a miracle,” said Noah, who is playing through plantar fasciitis in his right foot. “Before the series started, I thought I wasn’t going to be able to play.”
Noah didn’t just play. He stuffed the box score with 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks before fouling out with 4:21 remaining after sinking a 17-footer for the first points in the third overtime.
“The crazy thing is as the series has gone along, he has done more and more,” Carlos Boozer said.
– Reported by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune