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Chicago Bulls In Big Trouble Without Joakim Noah

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The Chicago Bulls are in big trouble right now, and after a 111-101 loss to the Indiana Pacers, the two teams are tied for the lead in the Central Division. Chicago played once again without Joakim Noah, whose foot problems have to be a major problem going forward. The Bulls need to examine the possibility of trading for another center to fill in for Noah, because his problems aren’t just going to go away.

Noah had this problem before and missed a lot of time before coming back and being on a minutes limit. There are 34 games left in the regular season and with Chicago sitting at 29-19, there is time to let Noah rest. The prospect of Derrick Rose coming back sooner than later helps, but Noah can’t be out for too long, as he is obviously a huge key to any success that the Bulls could have in the playoffs. Chicago had seven players in double digits in the loss but four of those were players just hitting the ten-point mark.

The Bulls could take a page from the Pacers with their more balanced scoring, as Indiana had three players break the 20-point mark. These two teams are going to fight all the way to the end of the season for the Central Division, and the better seed in the playoffs. Chicago must have a healthy Noah back on the court soon though for the team to have any chance against a very talented Indiana team that wasn’t even at full strength for this win. This is going to be a great last two months in the NBA.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.