TWO BITS: Noah worries Bulls, Lee scares self

By Adam Silverstein
December 15, 2010

1 » Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who is currently playing through a right hand injury, is expected to continue starting until the team returns home on Thursday. However, team officials are concerned, according to ESPNChicago.com, that Noah may have suffered ligament damage in his right thumb. Should that be revealed as the reason for pain later this week, Noah will miss at least two months of playing time. Noah first hurt the thumb on Nov. 27 and has been playing through pain. He is averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds so far this year.

2 » As OGGOA recently reported, Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee experienced a career-saving moment recently when he finally fought off an infection that had grown in his left elbow after New York Knicks forward Wilson Chandler’s tooth punctured his skin. FanHouse takes a deeper (no pun intended) look into the situation as Lee finally looks to take the court again after missing an extended period of time. “It’s the toughest league in the world, and I’m basically out there playing with one arm,” Lee said. “It’s very, very tough. Any time I make contact with anybody on that side of my body, there’s pain that’s tough to describe. I’ve played through just about every injury possible, and this is the toughest I’ve ever had to deal with.”

Extra BIT » None of the Florida Gators first-year NFL players will likely win the league’s Rookie of the Year award. Nevertheless, both Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden and Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey are among the league’s top 10 rookies, according to Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. and ESPN. Check out what Williamson had to say about Haden’s play. Hint: he says that, before long, Haden will be “an upper-echelon coverage man in any style defense.”

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