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Posted: Tuesday May 8, 2012 1:15PM ; Updated: Tuesday May 8, 2012 1:16PM

Bulls' Noah a 'game-time decision'

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Joakim Noah is a "game-time decision" for Game 5 because of a sprained ankle

The Bulls trail 3-1 in this first-round series and are trying to avoid being eliminated

Tom Thibodeau said Monday that Noah was "most likely out" Tuesday vs. Sixers

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Sixers lead 3-1
GAME 1  Bulls 103, Sixers 91
GAME 2  Sixers 109, Bulls 92
GAME 3  Sixers 79, Bulls 74
GAME 4  Sixers 89, Bulls 82
GAME 5  at CHI, Tue., May 8, 9:30 p.m., TNT
GAME 6  at PHI, Thu., May 10, If Necessary
GAME 7  at CHI, Sat., May 12, If Necessary

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says center Joakim Noah is a "game-time decision" for Tuesday's playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a sprained left ankle.

The Bulls trail 3-1 in this first-round series and are trying to avoid becoming just the fifth top seed to lose to an eighth seed. They will almost certainly again be without Noah, who was injured in Game 3 and sat out Game 4.

Thibodeau had said Monday that Noah was "most likely out" for Game 5 but changed his stance slightly at the morning shootaround on Tuesday, saying, "Maybe he gets better from now until tonight."

Noah shot free throws at the end of the shootaround but had a noticeable limp.

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