Joakim Noah missed Game 4 Sunday afternoon due to a sprained ankle he suffered in Friday night's Game 3 loss to the Sixers. If the Bulls are going to extend this series, it looks like they're going to have to do it without Noah.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Noah's ankle sprain is severe enough that it will force him to miss Game 5 Tuesday night in Chicago.
Despite getting rid of the crutches, Noah was sporting a walking boot on the sidelines during Game 4. After the loss, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau talked about what the team is missing by not having Noah on the court.
"Jo's a much better shooter than he's given credit for and can knock down those 16-foot shots pretty consistently. That opens things up for you."
Reserve center Omer Asik started in place of Noah and recorded just one point and six rebounds in 22 minutes of play.
Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.
The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.
After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.
"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."
Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.
The Bulls have a busy week ahead of them.
It will kick off on Tuesday when Fred Hoiberg & Co. take on Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in Los Angeles.
After that, the Bulls will head to Utah and face the Jazz on Wednesday, followed by the defending champ Golden State Warriors on Friday. Both games — against the Jazz and Warriors — will be on NBC Sports Chicago, and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.
See what Mark Schanowski, Vincent Goodwill, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue had to say about the upcoming week in the latest Honda Road Ahead.