Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson both claim they expect to play in Game Six on Thursday after both suffering recent injuries.
Noah missed Games Four and Five after spraining his left ankle in Game Three. Gibson sprained his right ankle in Game Five. Both returned in those games, but looked awful doing it. Gibson looked slightly better than Noah did.
After the rest, Noah says he's O.K.:
Joakim Noah, who declined interview requests, tells @swirsk054 on team web site he's "feeling better" and he's "hoping" he can play Game 6.— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 9, 2012
The Bulls forward said he was "still in a little bit of shock" afterward but pledged to play Thursday in Game 6.
"I'll do everything in my power to play," he said. "I have all summer to lay back if we lose, so I'm going to lay it on the line."
The Bulls face elimination again, down 3-2 in their first round series against the 76ers on Thursday. If they pull out a win in Philadelphia, they come back to Chicago for a Saturday Game Seven.
After Derrick Rose went down for the remainder of the playoffs with a torn ACL in their Game One win, the Bulls lost three straight. They won Game 5 to prevent becoming the fifth top seed to lose in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.