It is a good idea to get Noah some rest. And they should give Gibson some rest, too.Noah's frustrations moved past the Bulls dropping back-to-back winnable games after their five-game winning streak. Anyone who has watched the Bulls' energetic and emotional leader move — or, more accurately, not move — the last two games knows the obvious:
Plantar fasciitis has robbed Noah of his sprinting and his spirit. That's why the Bulls might consider shutting Noah down for the final four games before the All-Star break.
"I haven't spoken to anybody about that, but it's very frustrating," Noah said. "That's not me. I'm not 100 percent and I know I'm not moving right. I don't really know what to say. I can bring more than I'm doing. I'm out there trying to help the team, but I'm in pain.
"We don't have a lot of depth at center and Brad (Miller) is playing hurt as well. I'm going to go out there until the coaches tell me I'm hurting the team. I'm not going to be the one to say, 'I'm going to sit out a game.' The only reason I did that in Houston is because I literally couldn't play."
Noah grimaced and groaned his way through 27 minutes, scoring six points with eight rebounds. He played less than two minutes in the fourth quarter and 53 seconds in overtime.