Bulls hang on against Detroit prepare for Knicks

Joakim Noah set a career high in both points (30) and rebounds (23) to lead the Bulls to victory over the Pistons. Noah also had six assists, two blocks, and two steals while doing a nice job defensively against Greg Monroe.

Was this Noah's most impressive game?

It's hard to argue otherwise. Noah did a tremendous job on the glass, there's no denying that especially on the offensive end where he was a massive thorn in the Pistons side all night. Noah's offensive rebounding really won the game for the Bulls IMO.

For a guy who scored 30, the points seemed kind of quiet because the majority of the shots were created by others or offensive tips. He scored 30 while having barely any plays run for him. He did drive the lane to score a few times, but overall, he scored 30 while having almost no plays run for him whatsoever.

Marco looked strong as the starter

Belinelli scored 16, but the way he scored was fairly impressive. He scored of screens, drives, post ups, and hit some threes. Overall, Belinelli looked versatile and aggressive and found ways to score in all sorts of ways on the court.

Hamilton's injury has been good for Belinelli as he's finally gotten out of the nasty slump he was in earlier.

Bench still struggling

While the starters were strong, the bench struggled mightily again. Nate Robinson started off the season very strong, but he's been in a bit of a funk over the past few games. When Robinson doesn't have it going on, the bench struggles to find ways to score. Jimmy Butler is still generally playing quality ball, but Taj is in the midst of an awful season and no one else is stepping up at all.

fourth game in five nights

The Bulls host the Knicks tonight on the second half of a back to back. The Knicks were off yesterday and will certainly be the fresher of the two teams. While I typically don't give too much credence to back to backs in terms of winning and losing, the Bulls short rotation combined with the recent injuries will leave them fatigued.

Carmelo Anthony may miss the game with a finger laceration, but the Knicks just blew out the Heat while Melo sat. The Knicks are an excellent three point shooting team while the Bulls can sometimes struggle to defend the three point line.

With the Knicks well rested, the Bulls fatigued, and the Knicks present confidence level this game doesn't look all that hopeful. A Melo injury would give the Bulls a better chance, but I like the Bulls odds of defending Melo if he plays and think they'll struggle more with the three point shooting either way.

One nice thing for Chicago, is the Knicks generally don't have a roster that will blow them up athletically. That said, they execute and play hard on both ends of the floor. The Bulls will need to execute as well and pay particular attention to closing out on the shooters.

Let's hope for a strong fundamental performance by Chicago with enough players stepping up offensively to get the win.

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  • It's very interesting, nay intriguing, that the Noah haters have taken a HOLIDAY just when Noah has had his big game. I'm not surprised that the crude horde that's led by that angel of darkness that resides in the other Bulls blog, Juiceboxjerry, has virtually disappeared and hasn't made a showing on his favorite neighboring blog.
    But I'd bet they would have surfaced if he had a shitty game. They know who they are, they've been trying to have him traded for the last few years.
    Only in Chicago could you find such pathetic creatures!

  • Knicks look really good, they surrounded the core players with a nice supporting cast that can shoot 3s and score and play some defense. The Bulls FO has alot to learn from the Knicks in getting talent that fits Rose. I still like our core better then the Knick core but our surrounding cast leaves alot to be desired.

  • Just finished reading Sam Smith at his finest. He gave a great wrap-up of the Bulls-Pistons game and Joakim Noah's magnificent performance.
    But the thing that caught my eye was a contribution by one "Katmandu" who's a regular of Bulls games. He mentioned the obvious influence of the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the improved Noah. For those reading this blog, I would like them to read what Katmandu has to say about Kareem's influence on Noah's game.

  • Just heard from the Knicks network (MSG) that Carmelo Anthony will not play against the Bulls tonight. Good for them because they destroyed Miami without him and he could be a disruptive force against the Bulls.

  • Halftime, could have seen Taj's ejection coming from over 2000 miles away.

    From the minute he came in the game he had the arrogant stupidity to think that he could just come in and dominate against Novak. Taj does not have the offensive game to be a go to guy against any NBA player even a panty waist defender like Novak.

    Never-the-less his teammates and our moronic announcers felt the same way as Taj. The end result, several turnovers, forced shots and Taj turning into a frustrated petulant little baby and getting tossed which led to a 7-0 knicks run in less than 30 seconds.

    This coming on the heals of Taj essentially getting benched for Bozo during the second half of the Detroit game. As I said the second he got signed, he is/will be massively overpaid. He is no more than a max midlevel player, which today is about 4/$22 million. I would have gone 4/$24 just to outbid anybody offering a max midlevel.

    I don't know if Taj will ever become hated or desipised, but he will never be as popular as he was before he signed his inflated deal, and that doesn't even factor in the decision to keep Taj over Asik.

    Now with Taj in the locker room, we get a entire half of Bozo being abused and laughed at by that consumate A-hole, Wallace.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    2nd Half:
    Boozer 3/3, 6 points, 2 rebounds, 0 turnovers
    Wallace 01/, 0 points, 1 rebound, 1 turnovers

    Nice call there...

  • Noah, who played the entire second half last night is totally gassed to start the 4rth, he isn't going to make it.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    4th quarter:
    Noah: 12:00, 8 pts (2/3 FG), 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
    Tyson: 8:32, 2 pts (0/2 FG), 2 reb, 0 ast, 0 stl, 1 blk

    Another winner...

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