Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah Shows He's On Top Of His Game

By John Raffel


Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Joakim Noah is definitely the real deal.

If the Chicago Bulls star forward didn’t prove that Friday night in his team’s 108-104 NBA victory over the Detroit Pistons, he never will.

In the victory, Noah had 30 points and 23 rebounds.

He also showed how effective he is on the defensive end.

“They just played harder than us. They have always been a good defensive team. I don’t think we had a difficult time scoring, but he (Noah) gave them a lot of extra possessions,” said Pistons’ center Greg Monroe.

But for Noah, it was just another game and the Bulldogs still have plenty of work to do.

“It feels great to play well,” he said. “We have another one tomorrow so we cannot get too happy. It is crazy to have numbers like that, but I am happy we won and we just have to move on.”

Noah admitted to being surprised about his stats when he learned them after the game.

“I knew I was missing a lot of tips in the beginning of the game. Some arenas they count as rebounds and some arenas they do not,” he said. “I am happy they counted.”

“He played really well in every area; defense, rebounding, scoring, passing, playmaking, mental toughness, digging down and he got a shot at the hole,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “It was a great all around game.”

The Bulls need Noah to stay highly productive on a consistent basis if they hope to make any noise in the NBA playoffs this season. It’s still early, but a performance like the one Noah gave Friday night give his team plenty of hope for the future.

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