Joakim Noah's triple double leads the Bulls to crucial win over 76ers

Joakim Noah brought the energy and the rest of the Bulls followed suit. His 23 points, 21 boards, and 11 blocks gave him his second triple double of the season. If I'm not mistaken, Noah now leads all active Bulls in triple doubles with three (or at least triple doubles in a Bulls uniform).

Noah's a rare breed of player that could actually have a shot at a quadruple double, though he didn't have a big assist night last night, he's now logged individual triple doubles with points/rebounds/assists and points/rebounds/blocks.

The win broke a two game losing streak for Chicago ahead of three though games coming up. The Bulls play the Nets Saturday in Chicago followed by road games in Indiana and San Antonio. The next three games will be tough to get for Chicago against such high quality competition while battling so many injuries.

Rip Hamilton was a scratch from the 76ers game and while Rip isn't necessarily one of the Bulls most important cogs, once you're already missing Gibson, his absence still hurts the team which would need to play small more frequently and has to go deeper into the bench or play the starters even more minutes. Marco Belinelli started in place of Rip but was unable to capture the 'starting Marco' quality of play he had last time Rip was out, at least for this game.

Tom Thibodeau wisely gave the team the day off today to recuperate before facing the Nets on Saturday. While all Bulls fans (including myself) have fears that Tom will burn the team out, it's worth noting that he has given the team off days when he knows they're tired and beat up like right now which shows a better balance than Scott Skiles had shown.

Welcome aboard Lou Amundson

The Bulls look likely to sign sign Lou Amundson to a 10 day contract and have just enough salary cap room to sign him for the rest of the season if they choose to do so. Amundson would be a welcome addition to the team with Gibson out as he's a high energy reserve big man.

Amundson is hardly a stud, and if he was he clearly wouldn't be available to be signed for a 10 day contract. However, he is a guy who can chew up some minutes without getting absolutely destroyed like Vlad and Nazr have done so far this season. Amundson was a guy I had hoped the Bulls would have considered as a reserve a few years ago when he played reasonably well in a limited role with Phoenix.

He's a career 10/10/2 (blocks) per 36 minute guy, so he's been able to contribute while on the court though he struggled to do anything for the Timberwolves this season, the worst of his career. Hopefully, he'll find a way to contribute for Chicago until Taj Gibson returns and perhaps afterwards.

Amundson would be eligible to play in the playoffs for Chicago should they opt to keep him the whole season.

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  • Nice game by Noah, he's definitely proving being a part of this Bulls team long term, meaning... If the FO considers trading any of the core guys of the Bulls Noah should never be on that list cause in order for thisBulls team to improve going forward trades will have to be made.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    It's always very difficult to improve your team with trades when you aren't willing to eat it financially. In order to get more talent you either need to give up prime future draft picks or take on loads of money.

    The Bulls really only have a couple potential prime future assets (Charlotte pick and Mirotic) and even those are dicey, and they certainly haven't shown a willingness to take on lots of salary, so let's not hold our breath there.

    I'll be pretty surprised if the Bulls are able to substantially improve the team with trades given their assets.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    It all begins with Boozer. We need to move him and his contract if we expect to make any FA moves that dont involve vet-min bench swaps.

    I only see a few viable possibilities (with a couple less likely ones).

    1. Boozer+CHI 1st ...for... Ben Gordon
    We'd have to throw in the first to get CHA to take on Boozer's additional $16mil salary (saving JR from amnestying $16mil). Bulls would then be able to use that $5mil TPE from Korver (as long as they don't let it expire).

    2. Boozer ...for... Villanueva+Jerebko
    This clears DET of two PF positions for a veteran PF who may help Monroe/Drummond there. CHI gets 2 forwards wih Villanueva expiring.

    3. Boozer ...for... Humphries
    Both teams w t to move their PFs. Conflicting reports had both teams passing (I don't know why CHI would have with Humphries making $3-4mil less and 1 less year), so if BKN loses this year, maybe they change their minds in the offseason.

    4. Boozer ...for... Davis+Harrington
    ORL is going to go the rebuild route wih young players. Moving two PFs for One frees ups minutes for the youngins, and because There's a salary floor they have to spend, Boozer's salary fits that criteria.

    5. Boozer+CHI 1st ...for... Beasley+Dudley+Scola
    This is more wishful thinking than anything. Apparently PHO wants to build their marketing around having twins, and you can't play them if you have too many forwards on the team (same theme throughout my other trades, I know).

    Salaries are about the same, but PHO gets more mi items for the twins and a 1st. CHI gets 3 solid rotational players to build of the rest of the roster.

  • In reply to YouBlewwIt:

    You left off my dream deal, Bozo the Bamboozler for Al Horford.

    Bulls throw in every #1 pick for the rest of the decade.

  • In reply to YouBlewwIt:

    As much I hate Boozer, 4 of your 5 proposals made me vomit.

  • In reply to YouBlewwIt:

    Great post btw. A lot of thought went into specific suggestions instead of the usual post on this site consisting of a general tirade about how things should be better and it's all Reinsdorf's fault.

    It's extremely hard to make these kinds of deals but this is the big leagues and they need to find a way to get something done.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Thats whh i said before that someone in the Bulls FO has to put in some OT in working the potential trade teams. Youblewit came up with some interesting trade packages that the Bulls could explore, it just something need to be done. I would put together a trade package of Deng, Mirotic, and second round if not a first for a sg and a big man from someone, but something would get done.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    You are absolutely right, the FO need to work out something.

    On the other hand, to give up Deng and Mirotic, the Bulls will need to get quality players. Mirotic could turn out to be a real stud. Or I suppose a real dud, but that seems unlikely. This kid is already a star, he is only 20, and he can play at the rim and at the 3-point line. Plus he is still learning the game.

  • I'm not expecting Amundson to put us over the top, but it should be noted he has posted a 12%+ offensive rebound percentage every season, even when his minutes increase. If he can keep that up, the Bulls offense may not completely tank when Jo is off the court, given how dependent they are on ORB's.

  • In reply to Tyler Soze:

    I don't expect a whole lot from Amundson either, but I think he can be more competent than Nazr/Vlad which is nice for at least the couple weeks Taj may sit.

  • In reply to Tyler Soze:

    I expect the team will get back to that 'dangerous' title they had before....with the caveat Thibs actually plays him and relieve some of Noah's minutes to Amundson, preserving him.

  • In reply to Tyler Soze:

    He's not very good, but at least he doesn't have one foot in the grave like Nazr.

  • Great game by Noah. Why can't he do that more consistently? I realize the 76ers were a pretty small team last night but it seems like Noah is capable of great things but then disappears in some games.

  • In reply to Roman F:

    I know right? Why can't he average 20-20-10 more often? He's an inconsistent tease who won't ever live up to that potential.

  • In reply to YouBlewwIt:

    Exactly, Hakeem did it twice, Noah is clearly slacking to have only just got his first.

  • In reply to Shakes:

    I realize you weren't responding to me but while I hardly expect this kind of performance on a frequent basis, I don't understand why he disappears at times.

  • Blah blah regular season blah blah, please God just make it stop already.

    I give credit to the team where it's due (regardless of WHEN the success was achieved), but after the last two seasons of regular season success and a shitstump in the playoffs, I just can't bring myself to care about these games anymore.

    ''Tank.'' ''Well, we can't tank, the Sixers are an abortion that will never catch us, honey.''

    ''Win now.'' ''Well, we can't win now. Derrick just isn't going to be ready to do anything this season, cunt.''

    What a fucking joke. Regular season? Triple double. Playoffs? Torn ACLs and severe ankle sprains. I mean, hell, don't even try to hide the bias or anything. WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO DO ANYTHING IN THE PLAYOFFS, YES, I KNOW, YAR HAR. God forbid a BULLS FAN be happy in the POSTSEASON.

    But, here, have some regular season success! Now, aren't you pretty? Oh, but please excuse me, we have to tear Derrick's fucking ACL now. What's that? You don't like it? Oh, don't worry, THERE'S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR. And besides, YOU ARE LOVED! WE LOVE YOU!!!

    What an appalling cuntdrop at Babylonian/Biblical pre-flood/post-fester Galactic Federation of Light level assramming.

    And it will continue, on and on, until the end of time, with smiles on our lovely faces.

  • Epic

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  • I am looking forward to the 2013 / 14 season.

    No more excuses.

  • The doom and gloom that surrounds this team is more annoying than (insert directTV clip here)...I kid. Seriously though at times it seems like theres no hope regarding the future of this team. I honestly cannot get excited about a bulls team that will finish between 4th and 6th and probably be bounced in the first round. I'm sorry that just doesn't get my blood flowing, I've said all along that if derricks going to come back it'll be with 20 games left, well that's next week and I'm not that optimistic that he will return. It just seems like no matter what the bulls do they'll be doomed by Lebron entering his prime and dominating, ore by KD entering his and just destroying the league. Derrick raised our expectations of this bulls team a couple seasons ago. I mean from reserve guard on the AS team to MVP. We just knew that we were knocking on the door of a championship and IMO we were. 2011 was the year to beat MIA and we failed, I knew (like everyone else) once Mia got accustomed to one another and let the game come to them they Would be unstoppable and that's what we are seeing now. Hopefully the bulls can make a miracle happen and bring in a star player to accompany Derrick and become a threat to the Pacers, heat, okc etc. it just seems like such a long shot though

  • In reply to StephanH:

    Take heart. A young Michael Jordan had to go up against a Pistons team in its prime and I remember thinking how unbeatable that Bad Boys team was. It was their time and they won 2 titles. Then Jordan reached his, as did the team around him and the rest is history.

    Derrick Rose is only 24 years old. We're not going to see the Bulls seriously content for a title in the next 2 years and that is frustrating. But as Derrick reaches his prime, the Heat will pass theirs, and a real title shot is there for the taking. I'm interested and hopeful -- even if not exactly optimistic -- in seeing if they can do it.

  • In reply to Roman F:

    Great point. It's going to take the right combination of talent meaning the FO will have to get creative and make some things happen. Some creativity along with some luck and things could happen for them. It's just the way the ball bounces some time (pun intended)

  • In reply to Roman F:

    That is true only if you assume/believe that Rose is at the Jordan/Lebron level. I am not convinced that he is/was even before his injury. An injury, by the way which no one at the Jordan/LEbron level has ever had.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    BigWay, what you're saying flies in the face of arguments that the Bulls are incompetent for not building a championship team around Rose -- is that really what you want to say? That stated, I COMPLETELY agree with you that Rose is not at that level -- he's arguably not even among the top 5 players in the game, which is why I've never understood all the complaining last year when the Bulls were 1 of the 3-4 best teams in the NBA. I don't think it's any kind of given that a Rose-led team will win a championship but I do think the best is yet to come for Rose and the Bulls.

  • Noah was increadible! WOW! Noah doesn't have a equal in the NBA! When Noah came into the league people refered to him as a poor man's Anderson Varejo from the Cavs but it is the other way around even this year with Anderson having a strong year! Noah is the man!
    I have always liked Lou Amundson! I remember Lou and Jason (Williams3 high flyer athletic center probably in D-league or somewhere maybe) in the Kings summer camp.
    I have a hard time not seeing Lou stick around given how hard he works! He is a bit of a tweener but plays with a motor kinda like Jo and Nate! Good addition and cheap! Please sign him for the rest of the season! With losing Asik and Nazr way too old...Taj and Lou off the bench would be awesome for DEFENCE!

  • Too bad we don't have KK anymore? Him and Lou Amundson are very similar looking like brothers, even twin brothers! LOL

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/12391/sources-bulls-in-talks-with-pf-amundson

  • Bulls sign amundson to a 10day (he will sign Saturday) hopefully he can do just what he's brought here to do. Play some minutes.. Grab a board or 2 and play physical. Not exactly rocket science

  • When is the earliest we get (Thomas trade) Bobcats 1st round pick?

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    2012 - top 14 protected
    2013 - top 12 protected (this upcoming draft)
    2014 - top 10 protected
    2015 - top 8 protected
    2016 - unprotected

  • Just watching a bit of the Miami/memphis game, Can we surreptitiously extract a blood transfusion from Shane Battier and accidentally stab it in the BozoHoles ass, no make that his heart or head or both.

    How hard is it to play hard, and smart, especially when you have 15 million reasons a year to do so.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    He played this way in CLE, got himself $70mil from UTA.

    He played this way in UTA, got $75mil form us.

    After he finishes playing for us, some team will offer him $5mil per because he averages 15-9.

    There's your answer.

  • It's a darn shame the Bulls FO has made so many careless decisions over the years that their even in this position to begin with. They've had plenty of opportunities to improve but failed to capitalize by not trading players when they were at their highest market value, overpaying for role players, letting good vets walk for nothing at all, passing on high potential draft pics for project players, and failing to pull the trigger on deals that make common sense leaving their injured franchise player with nothing to work with when he returns.

    Now the only way to get out of this rut is to give away our last few potentially good pics, and send Bozo the clown packing for someone who's not going to even fill his shoes just to be free of his contract. It seems that no matter what we do we're going to take a loss unless Jerry plans on spending some money and that's all there is to it.

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