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The Bulls were missing Joakim Noah in their latest loss, and his abscence was noticed.
“He’s an All-Star. You’re going to feel it,” Taj Gibson said about the Bulls missing Noah. “He was playing real phenomenal. He’s one of the vocal leaders, rebounding, playing defense, controlling the offensive end and making plays for guys. We got to keep pushing forward.”
And no. Derrick Rose is not coming through that door; Bulls management seems fully committed to getting better in future and the Luol Deng trade pretty much went all in. Meanwhile, the Bulls coaches and roster are still committed to winning, but you can tell that they just do not have the talent to do it every night now.
It is a familiar story thread for the Bulls, but they look to be locked into getting back to the playoffs just based on the effort level they are bringing every night. Tonight it probably will not matter though, and would pick the Spurs to cover the spread (-8) big. Just giving point guard Tony Parker and head coach Gregg Popovich their due respect.