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Noah undergoes minor surgery to left knee

The Bulls announced on Friday that Joakim Noah successfully underwent minor arthroscopic knee surgery to his left knee. The operation was just a cleanout procedure.

The surgery was performed at Rush Oak Park Hospital by the Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole, who also performed the surgery to repair Derrick Rose's ACL.

Noah is expected to rehab the knee during the offseason for the next eight to 12 weeks.

Coach Tom Thibodeau revealed Noah had been playing through a left knee issue for most of the second half of the season. It was never evident that he had been experiencing any issues with the knee until the final few minutes of the team's Game 5 loss against the Washington Wizards, where he was laboring up and down the floor.

The 2013-12 Defensive Player of the Year had to have the left knee drained, but told reporters that it was "good" following the team's exit meetings on Wednesday.

Noah averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, a career-high 5.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks during the regular season.