Noah hopes to play against Nuggets

DENVER -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah hopes to play Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets after missing the past three games because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

"I'm hoping I can play," said Noah, who expected to go through all of Wednesday's practice. "We'll see how practice goes ... I felt pretty good (Tuesday). I was just shooting so we'll see how it goes in practice today and we'll see how (the foot) reacts to it."

Noah understands that this is the type of injury that can linger having dealt with it three years ago in his left foot, but he is confident he will be able to play.

"It feels better every day," he said. "I think it's something that I'm going to have to deal with for a little while, but I feel pretty good. We'll just see how it reacts."

Bulls guard Marco Belinelli does not expect to do much in practice Wednesday after spraining his right ankle in Monday night's loss to the Indiana Pacers.

"It's much better than (Tuesday) so I think I'm going to rest today," he said. "I'm going to lift a little bit, and we'll see (Thursday) morning how I'm feeling. It's better every day. ... I got a little pain so I want to be sure (the ankle) is 100 percent."

Belinelli has received a lot of treatment and admitted that the swelling has gone down in the ankle.

"We're going to see where he is," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Belinelli. "We'll see where he is today. ... We'll see what he can do. He probably won't do a whole lot today, maybe just some shooting for him."

Thibodeau called Noah a game-time decision and Belinelli is likely to be in that category as well. Thibodeau noted that Carlos Boozer is expected to go through practice after playing his first game in almost a week on Monday because of a right hamstring injury. Kirk Hinrich (right elbow injury) did not travel with the Bulls.

As for Derrick Rose, the former MVP continues his rehab with the Bulls but Thibodeau was non-committal when asked Rose would take part in five-on-five drills on Wednesday.

"You're careful with what you're doing in terms of how much contact," Thibodeau said. "He's got to get his contact before practice, after practice, but he's doing fine. He's on schedule, just got to be patient."