X-rays on Joakim Noah's turned left ankle came out negative after the Chicago Bulls' Game 3 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. But two sources cited by Johnson indicate that the team still fears that the center may have suffered a fracture in the freak play.
Johnson reports that Noah left the Wells Fargo Center in Philly on crutches, wearing an air cast. The Bulls' Game 4 against the Sixers is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
The Bulls, of course, are already without their All-NBA point guard Derrick Rose. Luol Deng is also struggling through a torn wrist ligament. Losing Noah or playing him at a severely damaged capacity would cross Chicago's top three players off the team's healthy list. The Bulls are down 2-1 in the series after Friday's loss.
Noah had a rare healthy season for Chicago, missing just two games. He missed a combined 54 games over the previous two seasons.