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.