Joakim Noah injury offset by schedule

No doubt the Bulls will miss Joakim Noah's presence on the court, but it could have been much worse. Randy Belice/Getty Images

See, Chicago Bulls fans? It's not as bad as it seems.

Tuesday's 45-point romp over the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the hotter teams in the league, should have washed away many of the concerns left after a loss to one of the NBA's worst teams, the Los Angeles Clippers (who aren't the sorry doormats their record suggests). And, perhaps more importantly, the victory underscores the fact Joakim Noah could not have picked a better time to be sidelined with an injury.