Rajon Rondo wasn’t the only point guard on the floor Tuesday night when the Boston Celtics strolled into town to take on the Chicago Bulls. However, the other point guard was more of a point-center. I’m referring to Bulls’ center Joakim Noah who had 11 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists, as Chicago cruised to a 100-89 victory over Boston; handing the Celtics their third straight road loss.
Noah who is usually known for his energy, and intensity dominated the game by doing everything the Bulls needed. He scored. He rebounded. He assisted. He was basically the 6’11 version of Derrick Rose. Ok, maybe not. But Noah did play with purpose and his aggressiveness was contagious.
“It felt good to play well and to win,” Noah said. “Everybody is happy right now. I feel like we’re getting so much better as a team. Even against the elite teams in the NBA. I feel like we’re competing against everybody. No one has blown us out this year.”
Don’t worry Noah we’ll just forget about those games against the Los Angeles Clippers ok?
Either way the Bulls are 14-10, and have been a steady force in the eastern conference by being the ultimate definition of team; playing defense and sharing the scoring load. Tuesday night’s game was no different as Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer both scored 21 points, while Nate Robinson alone outscored the whole Celtics bench with 18 points of his own.
Quiet as kept the Bulls are slowing climbing in the standings, but without Rose they continue to get overlooked. Friday night’s game against the red hot New York Knicks will be the ultimate test for Chicago. Yes, they took care of the Knicks earlier this month at home, but can they go into Madison Square Garden and steal one? Only time will tell…
But as for now Chicago is playing like a team on a mission to prove they’re more than just the “Rose-Less Bulls” and so far mission accomplished.