Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has avoided torn ligaments in his thumb, according to ESPN reporter Nick Friedell.
It was initially feared that the 29-year-old had suffered the same injury he sustained during the 2010/11 season.
However, it seems that Noah has suffered nothing more than a sprain, which means he'll be fine for the long-term - although he may miss one or two games at most.
The news comes as a major boost to the Bulls and their head coach Tom Thibodeau, who hailed Noah after he recorded his second triple-double in three games on Wednesday.
"He's been on a roll now for a long time," Thibodeau told the Chicago Tribune. "We need it. He's a leader. The thing about Jo is he can beat you a lot of different ways. Sometimes it's the defense and rebounding. Sometimes it's the passing. Sometimes it's his scoring."
Fortunately, it seems Noah will not miss any of the Bulls' important forthcoming fixtures.