PHILADELPHIAAn already agonizing first-round playoff series worsened for the Bulls in Fridays Game 3 against the 76ers.
Having lost All-Star point guard Derrick Rose for the remainder of the postseason to a torn left ACL injury in Game 1, center Joakim Noah, the heart and soul of the squad, turned his left ankle with 7:57 remaining in the third quarter of a tightly-knit contest.
While pushing the ball on a fast break, Noah stepped on Sixers All-Star swingman Andre Iguodalas foot and suffered the injury, leading to cheers from the home crowd, then boos after he got up and hobbled to the bench under his own power.
Following a timeout, during which he tested out the ankle under the watchful eye of the teams trainers, Noah returned to the contest and knocked down his two free-throw attempts, but it became evident that he was laboring and limped off the court and into the locker room with 6:46 remaining in the quarter.
Noah returned to the game with 10:05 remaining in the fourth quarter and even knocked down one of his patented "Tornado" jumpers, but it was clear that he lacked mobility and was in pain, so with 7:59 to go, he exited the game for good.
David Schuster, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.
0:00- Dave Wannstedt joins the panel to discuss the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots? Was it a moral victory? Is Matt Nagy crazy to say Mitch Trubisky didn’t play that bad?
13:00- Joe Girardi pulls his name out of the Reds managerial search and Jon Heyman reports that industry sources believe he might wait to see if there’s an opening in Chicago. What are the chances that he replaces Joe Maddon?
14:30- Adam Amin joins Kap to preview the Bulls/Mavericks game and discuss the lack of defense in the NBA.
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