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NBA Playoffs Hawks-Bulls: Noah makes good

Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:55 am
Edited on: May 5, 2011 1:11 am
 
Joakim Noah provides the spark for the Bulls in Game 2. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Bulls can't win if Derrick Rose plays poorly (he can play "not great" as he did Wednesday night, despite what the point total and narratives will tell you, just not badly). But more prevalent in Game 2 was this: the Bulls can't lose if Joakim Noah plays great. 

19 points on 6-8 shooting, 14 rebounds, 7 offensive, 3 steals and 1 block. That's a great line. And it doesn't even cover how big of an impact he had versus the Hawks. 50 percent of the Bulls' offensive rebounds were snagged by Noah. On a night when the Bulls' offense was only slightly less woeful than the Hawks', those seven extra possessions, full of putbacks and resets, were vital. Basically, if you can't produce efficiency with the possessions provided, create more possessions. 

Most notable was his dominance over Al Horford. Horford is generally regarded as the better player. He's more versatile, has better range, is more efficient and a better passer. But in terms of those key plays which make your team that little bit better than the other in key areas, Noah dragged Horford out behind the shed and taught him a thing or two. Which is odd since they both learned about those things at the same university. If Noah's going to get at those key rebounds at that rate over Horford and Josh Smith, the Bulls will simply grind the Hawks into wood shavings, as they did in Game 2. 

Noah's not particularly versatile, but he had the full array going on Wednesday, including the lefty hook early for the first points for the Bulls. It's that production that puts the Bulls at a level just high enough to overcome an inefficient game from Rose and a terrible game from pretty much every other Bull offensively. Noah struggled in the regular season with injury and the first round with energy. But his biggest performances coincide with the Bulls' strongest wins. The Bulls' win over the Hawks in Game 2 wasn't pretty. It was just very Noah. 
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Since: Apr 6, 2011
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Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 2:47 pm
 

NBA Playoffs Hawks-Bulls: Noah makes good

both noah and Horeford are underrated players. They both are amazingly valuable role players.... a term i dont like.  But Noah is really the more effective defender. And he's a bit better rebounder. Horeford has a bigger offensive arsenal. Both can score opportunisticly, but Horeford occasionally even creates his own shot.  All that said, Noah is utilized better by Chicago. And I suspect is going to be one of the difference makers in this series.



Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:32 pm
 

NBA Playoffs Hawks-Bulls: Noah makes good

I hate Noah with a passion Sealed



Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:31 pm
 

NBA Playoffs Hawks-Bulls: Noah makes good

I Hate Noac with a passion Sealed



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:29 am
 

NBA Playoffs Hawks-Bulls: Noah makes good

I'll take a win however we can get it.  This is the Playoffs, you have to do at least one thing better than your opponent to win and it was rebounding for extra possessions for the Bulls.  I'll take it!


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