Noah leaves briefly with eye injury (Nov 25 12:00 ET )
Joakim Noah left Monday's game with an eye injury but eventually returned and finished with four points, five rebounds, four assists and one block in 30 minutes.
The Scoop:It's worth noting that Joakim's left knee is the one that was surgically repaired this offseason, so we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If Noah sits out, Nikola Mirotic would likely slide into the starting lineup, and would serve as an excellent plug-and-play option in daily leagues against a weak Denver interior defense. Check back for an official update on Noah's status as we draw closer to Tuesday's tip.
The Scoop:Noah's eye injury doesn't seem serious and fantasy owners should be more concerned about his left knee, which was surgically repaired over the summer. He's been on a minute-limit and hopefully this is just a precaution by Chicago in the second game of a back-to-back set. With Noah and Taj Gibson (ankle) both out, Pau Gasol will have a heavy workload and plenty of minutes will be available for Nikola Mirotic, with help from Doug McDermott.
The Scoop:Noah also has an eye injury, but he had his left knee surgery this summer and the knee is a growing concern for fantasy owners. Pau Gasol will shift to center in his absence and Nikola Mirotic is a terrific speculative pick-up, having averaged 13.3 points, 2.0 threes and 7.0 rebounds over Chicago's past four games. The Bulls play in Houston on Wednesday, so Noah's owners will have to stay alert for updates in the next 24 hours. At the moment we're considering him day-to-day.
The Scoop:Mirotic balled out on Friday without Taj Gibson (ankle) and Pau Gasol (calf) available with 24 points, 11 rebounds and four 3-pointers, but he's going to need injuries ahead of him to produce like that regularly. He has an offensive game that's very capable of helping fantasy teams, but he's limited by his current role.