Joakim Noah doesn't almost have triple double

Joakim Noah doesn't almost have triple double

If the Bulls have a few good games left sandwiched between some bad ones then they managed to eat the bread against the Philadelphia 76ers, extending their losing streak to 22 games. We'll see how Chicago does against the next meaty game against the Indiana Pacers.

The Bulls defense seemed a bit in and out of this one, the 76ers hung in there with some fortuitous three point shooting, but the Bulls simply had too much down the stretch.

At various points of time they absolutely owned the glass getting offensive board after offensive board, and their size was just too much for the 76ers.

Joakim Noah wasn't all that close to a triple double for once. He finished with a mere 14/10/6/4 which I suppose if it weren't for his present run would still feel awfully close to a triple double.

For Noah, that's the fewest assists he's had in six games, and unlike his recent passing display, his six assists came with five turnovers tonight.

Speaking of Noah's assist rate, he needs 100 assists to have the most assists by a center since the 70s when the pace of the game was radically higher and assists were much easier to come by.

Standing in first place of the modern era of basketball is Vlade Divac who scored 432 assists in 2003/4. While it's an odd footnote in history, I still hope Noah gets it. Too bad the Bulls didn't trade Deng away a few months earlier, it'd be in the bag already.

The one that got away?

Jarvis Varnado didn't play a whole ton against the Bulls, but he still managed to block four shots in just 16 minutes, hit all three of his field goal attempts and pull down three boards.

Varnado, remember, was with the Bulls on a 10 day contract earlier. This could be the ultimate flash in the pan here, but the Bulls could absolutely have used the back up body to replace Nazr Mohammed, and Varnado at least looked active, live, and athletic.

Prepping for Indiana

The Bulls face off against the meet of their sandwich tonight against the Pacers. Both teams will be coming off of back to backs as the Pacers lost to the Knicks with Phil Jackson in the house.

The Pacers remind me of the 2010/11 Bulls team. They're obviously a pretty elite squad, but they are prone to stretches where they simply can't score.

I suppose that's similar to this Bulls team too. Indiana's got an elite defense and more offense than Chicago. They play hard every night as well.

They're a tough match up for anyone, but especially for a team like Chicago that tries to win through discipline, hard play, and grit. Indiana's got all of that in spades and more offensive talent.

They play twice over the next three games, and it will be a good test to see if the Bulls have any shot in hell of doing damage in the second round.

A strong showing in round two against the Pacers could really help Carmelo choose Chicago in the off-season.

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  • Between playing the Heat and the Pacers, I would prefer that the Bulls face the Pacers in the playoffs. The Pacers may be slightly better offensively than the Bulls but they are still prone to offensive stretches where they cant buy a bucket. DJ, Hinrich, or Dunleavy may hit a hot streak from the 3-point line and that alone may give the Bulls a better chance to beat the Pacers.

  • I'd rather have the Bulls play the Heat. I don't think they're going to win either series, but I want to see them smack the Heat around. It will definitely be a physical series and the Bulls always get hype for those games.

    Another team I'd like to see the Heat play is the Nets. They've rounded into form as of late and are a veteran team and KG and Pierce aren't afraid of anyone.

  • Here is some evidence that Carmelo will stay with Phil Jackson and the Knicks. From a Yahoo article:

    Phil Jackson said he had ''no doubt'' that Carmelo Anthony could be part of the Knicks' future. The All-Star forward has said he plans to become a free agent this summer.

    Anthony said before the Knicks-Pacers game he was excited by what he heard from Jackson. ''I was hoping that I would be part of the future plans,'' Anthony said. ''I never once said that I wanted to leave New York or anything like that. Only thing I said was I wanted to dabble and try free agency out, I was going to opt out and become a free agent.''

    IMO, Carmelo Anthony stays in New York with Phil Jackson.

  • I thought the same thing about Varnado Doug, and I wished that when the Bulls picked him up Thibs would have given him a few more minutes just to see what he could do on defense around the rim. We are definitely a bit thin in the front court when you have to play Nazr at all. Oh well, Thibs has been nothing if not consistent with his refusal to play 'outsiders' or new guys for any reason. I don't want to overreact here either, Varnado hasn't really been getting alot of time for the worst team in the league lately either.

  • I find it interesting that the entire Bulls front line posted a double double last night(Sam Smith nearly messed his pants)and yet we still needed a couple of lucky breaks(calls) in the waning seconds to pull out a victory against the worst team in the league.

    The double double is probably one of the most over rated statistical accomplishments. Really, any decent big man should average a double double, how hard is that 2.5 points and rebounds per quarter, or per 9 minutes if your playing 36 mpg.

    Just a thought, but as a Bulls fans would you trade Taj for Thadeus Young, the sixers are always rumored to be looking to move him. Wonder if the sixers would do it, they certainly need some bigs although they do have Noel coming next season.

    He is certainly the more talented offensive player, and he doesn't suck on D, plus he might still be younger than Taj. He is kind of a swing forward, but with the Bulls would start at small forward, leaving Butler at shooting guard, and next season hopefully Mirotic at power forward.

    Rose, Butler, Young, Mirotic and Noah, do you like that better than Rose, Turner, Butler, Mirotic and Noah?

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I'd make that trade in a heartbeat. The Bulls biggest weakness is scoring and Young is a better scorer than Taj and can hold his own on defense. A frontline of Noah, Mirotic and Young would be very good. The only problem is this would leave Butler at SG when he's better suited for SF.

  • Oh yea, forgot to mention it, but 3 point D sucked again, now 24-47 in the last 2 games.

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