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Bulls' Noah doubtful to play Monday night

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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will likely not play Monday night against the Indiana Pacers because of plantar fasciitis.

"I don't think I'll be able to go," Noah told the Chicago Tribune after Monday morning's shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "I'm moving in the right direction. Give it a couple more days and try to go on Thursday."

Noah has dealt with plantar fasciitis in the past. He missed 18 games three seasons ago because of it. He said this time he is being more cautious.

"The one in 09-10, I just kept playing through it," Noah said. "I probably played with it for a month until I couldn't anymore. This time, I stopped a lot earlier. I probably played on it for five or six games. I just knew what direction it was going in. In 09-10, I just tried to act like it wasn't there and play through it. That was a mistake. With a couple more days of treatment, I'm hoping to be OK."

Power forward Carlos Boozer is reportedly a game-time decision with a sore right hamstring and guard Kirk Hinrich is still not with the team while he nurses an infected right elbow.

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