Noah sidelined again with plantar fasciitis

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Joakim Noah keeps trying to overcome his plantar fasciitis, one of the most painful, debilitating injuries in the NBA, and the injury keeps winning.

Noah played 27 minutes in the Bulls’ overtime win over the Blazers, but came down and hurt his foot again drawing a foul in the extra session. Post-game, the Bulls announced Noah would not be traveling with the team to Indiana.

Plantar fasciitis is painful, but not restricting. As in, you can play through it, it just hurts like hell. And it only gets better with long-term rest. Which is kind of difficult in March when you’re jockeying for playoff position in the midst of an 82 game season before a long playoff march. It’s such a shame because Noah was playing so well before the condition developed.

Noah was limited even before he came down on it wrong. He was completely dominated on a putback by Lamarcus Aldridge after a Brandon Roy missed free throw, which helped lead to the Blazers forcing overtime. It’s a difficult injury to play with, to live with, and for coaches to manage. The Bulls will have to find a way, though, with as much as they need Noah.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.