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Joakim Noah leaves game with what Bulls call shoulder sprain

In the third quarter of what was ultimately an ugly Bulls loss to the Nets Monday, Joakim Noah was playing his usual, physical defense when his arm got tangled with Andrea Bargnani’s, leading to what looked like a painful injury.

After the game, the Bulls were playing the injury down, but if you watch Noah in the video above you’ll tend to think it’s more serious. Our own Sean Highkin was at the game and tweeted out this:

We’ll see how long he’ll be out, but losing him would be a blow — the Bulls don’t have another defensive minded big. Maybe it means more run for Pau Gasol and more small lineups (play Bobby Portis more, please), but this would hurt an already-struggling Bulls team if it’s serious.