Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three
Updated: June 9, 2012 8:12AM
Joakim Noah (twisted ankle) “most likely” will sit out Game 5 Tuesday. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah was walking around some on his left ankle Monday.
Derrick Rose visited his teammates at the Bulls’ training facility. Surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee has yet to be scheduled. The Bulls’ medical team wants to eliminate the fluid and swelling in Rose’s knee while also having him do some strengthening exercises before the surgery.
“They’re still working through things,” Thibodeau said. “He’s coming along well. He’s doing a lot of rehab and feels pretty good. That’s encouraging.”
Luol Deng aggravated the torn ligament in his left wrist during the first quarter Sunday but practiced Monday.
“[Deng is] doing fine,” Thibodeau said. “He’s been dealing with this all season. It’s not anything new. Some days are better than others. He just needs to keep plugging away.”
Help with Hawes
The Bulls are making Spencer Hawes look like Jack Sikma. Hawes never had scored more than 12 points in a playoff game until he broke out with 21 on Friday and 22 on Sunday. Before the last two games, Hawes, drafted after Noah in 2007, never had scored more than 19 in two seasons with the 76ers.
Hawes will be a free agent this offseason, and the Bulls seem determined to drive up his asking price. He made 9 of 11 shots and had eight rebounds Sunday.
“We have to finish our defense better,” Thibodeau said when asked about the importance of stopping Hawes. “But the big thing is finishing at the basket. We have to do that better. They shot 39 percent. Eighty-nine points is a good number. We need to score more. We need to get some easy baskets. We need to run the floor.”
Thibodeau said he will use the same starting lineup he used in Game 4: Deng, Carlos Boozer, Omer Asik, Rip Hamilton and C.J. Watson.