Noah, the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year last season, missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained right ankle. It has been bothering him for more than a month. He missed four games in December, came back and tweaked it.
Coach Tom Thibodeau says Noah has looked ''very good'' practicing on a limited basis the past two days. He also says Dunleavy, who missed his 11th game in a row because of a jammed right ankle, is ''very, very close'' to returning.
Chicago visits Dallas on Friday.