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Belinelli, Noah could be out longer than expected for Bulls

WASHINGTON – Marco Belinelli and Joakim Noah were expected to be back over the weekend in Dallas, but as of the Tuesday morning shootaround, it now seems that the Bulls will be looking to take their time bringing both of them back.

The hope now? Just make sure they can get in a few games before the regular season comes to an end and the playoffs begin.

“I feel better,’’ Belinelli (strained abdomen) said. “[Monday] morning I tried to run, it hurt a little bit. I’m not 100 percent, I’m still feeling a little bit of pain, but at least it’s better than last week. I’m getting better.’’

As far as Noah, the plantar fasciitis in his right foot has been a problem since January, but the recent flare up was enough to shut him down for the last five games.

Coach Tom Thibodeau called Noah and Belinelli “day-to-day,’’ but neither looked like that day was anytime soon.

If Noah misses the game against the Wizards it will be his sixth straight, and it will be Belinelli’s fifth. Surprisingly, the Bulls were 4-1 in their last five games, including wins over Miami and Indiana in that time.

“They’re both better, but they both have the type of injury where you don’t want it to linger,’’ Thibodeau said. “Plus, where we are in the season. You’re winding down right now so you just want to make sure that they are completely healthy.’’

As far as Derrick Rose (left knee) and Rip Hamilton (back), Thibodeau said their status was unchanged.



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