Noah contributes cheers from the bench

Joakim Noah was a vocal cheerleader for the Bulls on the bench on Saturday night. Dennis Wierzbicki/US Presswire

The Bulls' biggest cheerleader wasn't a Luv-A-Bull on Saturday night.

It was center Joakim Noah.

The injured center, who sat out his second game in a row because of plantar fasciitis, was hopping up and down off the bench screaming words of encouragement to his teammates. All of this with a big black boot on his left ankle/foot.

After the game, the young big man described a medical procedure that doctors performed on him recently. A procedure in which they took blood out of his arm and injected into his ankle.

"I'm just hoping to recover as soon as possible," he said. "But they told me to stay in this boot as much as possible. I'm going to do the rehab. Try to get back on the court as fast as I can."

Noah admitted that he is having some difficulty sleeping with the large brace that wraps around his left leg.

"It's tough, he said. "It's very tough. But you got to do what you got to do."

Despite all the treatment, Noah still isn't sure when he will be back on the floor.

"It just feels numb," he said. "It just feels real numb right now. They said it's going to start hurting a little bit more [Sunday]. It's just numb right now because they put some numbing cream on it."

He is still targeting a return after the All-Star break.

"I hope so," he said. "That's definitely the goal. I'm going to work hard. Use the bike as much as possible. And try to be as ready as I can for when I come back."