CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls are missing four starters for Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks after Joakim Noah was sidelined by a bruised right thigh.
Noah participated in the morning shootaround and coach Tom Thibodeau did not mention the injury during his pregame availability. But the Bulls announced the thigh problem a short time later.
Noah is averaging 9.4 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds. He started each of Chicago's first 18 games.
Luol Deng (left calf tightness) and Jimmy Butler (sprained right big toe) already had been ruled out.
Derrick Rose is likely out for the season after right knee surgery, making Carlos Boozer the only starter against Milwaukee who also started on opening night at Miami.
"It's the nature of the league," Thibodeau said before Noah's injury was announced. "Sometimes you're fortunate where you have good health and move forward like that. Other times you take on injuries and then other guys have an opportunity to step up and often times you find somebody that does a great job for you."