Noah expected to miss contest against Pacers

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is expected to miss his third straight game when the team travels to Indiana to face the Pacers on Monday.

Noah has been battling plantar fasciitis, an injury which forced him to miss 18 games during the 2009-10 campaign. However, his previous bout occurred in his left foot, whereas his present ailment is taking place in his right.

While he doesn't believe he'll play on Monday, he is hopeful to return Thursday when the Bulls take on the Denver Nuggets.

Noah is averaging career bests in points and rebounding this season, scoring 12.1 points while hauling in 11.3 boards per game.

In other injury related news, guard Kirk Hinrich will also be out for Monday's contest, missing his third straight game with an elbow infection. However, forward Carlos Boozer is optimistic he will play against the Pacers after sitting out the last three contests with a sore hamstring.