Bulls: Joakim Noah felt his shoulder ‘pop out'; MRI on Tuesday

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With the insult comes the injury for Joakim Noah, as the Bulls’ center writhed in pain with a left shoulder injury after reaching in on a shot from Andrea Bargnani in their not-so-shocking 105-102 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center.

He was exiting the locker room gingerly before speaking to reporters briefly on his way out.

“I just felt it pop, I put it back in,” he said simply. “I got the X-ray, it came back negative so that’s a positive.”

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It sure looked like a dislocation of some kind the way it popped out and the expletives that followed while Noah tried to negotiate the pain in the third quarter. He’ll have an MRI Tuesday morning to determine the extent of the damage, but he sounded pretty despondent about the injury while talking.

“Nah, Just see how I feel tomorrow, hopefully it’s not too long,” said Noah when asked if he knew how long he would be out of action. “MRI tomorrow morning.”

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Noah was a key cog in the Bulls’ lone spurt of legit energy through the night, in the second quarter where he teamed with Bobby Portis and a few others to deliver some normalcy.

But the potential of being without Noah for an extended time could be “devastating” said his close teammate Derrick Rose.

“He’s an important player, brings a lot of energy to what we do,” said center Pau Gasol. “If he misses games it’ll be harder. When a guy goes down there’s an opportunity for another guy to step up and do what he can to help us win.”

 

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