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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will not play Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers as he continues to recover from a sprained right ankle. The good news for the Bulls, however, is that the MRI taken Saturday on Noah's ankle came back "clean," and coach Tom Thibodeau hopes the All-Star center can return soon. "It's clean, so it's good," Thibodeau said after Monday's shootaround. "He's making progress, so we'll see where he is when we get back." ESPN.com

Kevin Love says he expects to play tonight when the Cavaliers host the Chicago Bulls. Love missed Friday’s victory at the Los Angeles Clippers after struggling to get through Thursday’s win over the Lakers because of back problems. But he made it through practice on Sunday after a long five-hour flight Saturday from Los Angeles. “Couple pillows lodged under my back, some meds and then try to get up and stretch a few times,” Love said. “When it’s a 4-5 hour flight, that’s never good. It’s not always good for your body, but for your back it’s really, really tough. We have a great training staff here that’s going to keep me ready.” Akron Beacon Journal

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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah exited Wednesday night's 105-99 loss to the Washington Wizards with a sprained right ankle and did not return. Noah had two points, three rebounds and two assists in the first half. Taj Gibson took his place to start the third quarter. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah would be re-examined on Thursday. ESPN.com

The Bulls suffered a new injury Wednesday when Joakim Noah turned his right ankle just before halftime and did not return, but they should get another player back soon. Coach Tom Thibodeau estimated rookie Doug McDermott might be ready for game action by this weekend. He hasn't played since Nov. 30 and had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Dec. 13. Arlington Heights Daily Herald

January 13, 2015 Updates

Nikola Vucevic dunked so hard on Paul Gasol, it looked like the Bulls center exploded. Gasol lost his balance coming down, or was shook from the experience, and collapsed backward. On your 3rd or 4th viewing, please take a look at the Orlando bench. Is that rookie Aaron Gordon holding everyone back? I’d love to be the designated holder-back guy on an NBA bench one night. The Big Lead

When you miss two years, it's definitely going to take time, but I'm just happy I could come back and compete with these guys," Rose told USA TODAY Sports. So happy, that Rose, 26, has graded his comeback an "A." "Missing two years, coming back, still competing ... I don't know if too many people can do that, or a lot of people would be content coming back and just finding their way through," he said. "I don't think I'll ever stop fighting, and if anything, I'm just going to keep getting better." USA Today Sports

Another person who isn't concerned is respected basketball trainer Rob McClanaghan, whose client list includes Rose, John Wall, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Chandler Parsons, Al Horford and Candace Parker. McClanaghan has worked with Rose for eight years. "Obviously you hear the chirping about his shooting and once in a while sitting out a game. That's all to be expected," McClanaghan said. "Derrick knows his body better than anybody. He's even further along than I thought he'd be. "I know exactly what he's doing, why he's doing it and he's being very safe and smart about it. We want him playing at a high level in April and May and not necessarily the first quarter of Game 15. That's what people don't understand about these kind of injuries." USA Today Sports

Rose also drew a few sideways looks earlier this season when he said, "I'm thinking about after I'm done with basketball, having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to. I don't want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son's graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. Just learning and being smart.'' He was criticized for ambivalence and not being all in short term or long term. Rose explained, "I think far ahead. A lot of people took that and ran with it, took it out of proportion and ran the wrong way, thinking I was thinking about retirement right now. I still have goals I want to achieve. I still have games I want to win. I still want to play in the NBA. I still want to win a championship. I've got a long career ahead. I'm only 26. I love this game too much." USA Today Sports


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