Noah checked out of the game at the 5:53 mark of the third quarter and did not play in the fourth quarter or overtime as the Bulls eventually fell to the Grizzlies, 85-82.
Noah played just under 27 minutes and recorded 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks in the game but Steve Aschburner of the Hang Time Blog is curious about Noah's benching in a close game.
Thibodeau said after a game that Mohammed's insertion was a "coaching decision." Noah exited the locker room without speaking to reporters on Saturday.
Noah is averaging 12.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 blocks and is being considered for a reserve role on the All-Star team this season.