After the Bulls' 110-93 win over the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night, the team announced that center Joakim Noah will undergo surgery Thursday morning at Rush University Medical Center to repair torn ligaments in his hand and will be sidelined eight to 10 weeks.
Noah had been playing with the condition since injuring the hand Nov. 27 in a game at Sacramento - he had 11 points and 11 rebounds in just over 26 minutes on Wednesday -- but the decision was made that surgery was the best option for everyone.
"I feel like it's tough not playing at a high level," Noah said. "It's hurting. I have to take anti-inflammatories every time I play, I can't practice. I have to get right and get back to this team.
"I'm gonna miss playing with the guys. It's frustrating because I feel like we have a chance to be really, really good and I've never been in a situation where we're winning like this. But I know in the long run this is what needs to be done."
The surgery will repair the ligament in his thumb and two others connected with fingers on the hand.
"It's disappointing for Jo, but for us we're confident in the ability of the guys that we have," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We have more than enough to win with."
Said teammate Derrick Rose: "It's gonna hurt us missing a player like that, but I think that we have confidence in the other players that are coming in in his position. But we still have to go out there and play defense first."