Bulls moving on past Noah?

Now without Joakim Noah, can the Bulls make a run at the NBA Finals?

The Chicago Bulls will now be without Joakim Noah for the rest of the season. Will the loss of Noah keep the Bulls from a deep playoff run?

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Noah had season-ending shoulder surgery last week, but he expressed his desire return to the Bulls next season when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

“I hope so,” Noah told ESPN.com on possibly returning to the Bulls. “Right now I'm not trying to focus on the future. I just had season-ending surgery last week. But this is all I know. So I'm looking forward to see what the guys are doing, and right now it's just all about taking a step back and just focusing on getting healthy, and then we'll go from there.”

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Bulls are currently listed with 30/1 odds to win the NBA Finals this season and they also have 10/1 odds to win the Eastern Conference Finals.

Noah appeared in 29 games this season, averaging just 4.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He also had 3.8 assists per contest. Noah has spent his entire 9-year NBA career with Chicago, averaging 9.3 points per game over his career. Noah has seen some of his production dip the last two seasons with the addition of Pau Gasol to the roster. The Bulls are currently 25-19 on the season, 6.5 games behind the Cavaliers for the top spot in the East.

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