Joakim Noah recorded his 5th triple double which makes him one of seven centers to record five or more triple doubles and one of five to do it with assists (Motumbo and Bradley have done it with blocks numerous times, and Hakeem has done it at least five times with blocks and assists).
His fourteen assists where a Bulls franchise high for a center, and the most for a big man in basketball-reference's database. Noah's truly in the midst of a special season and is a special player.
I noted a week or two back that Noah might finish out the season as the first center to lead his team in assists. He has that in the bag. What will be interesting is to see if he leads them in assists per game. D.J. Augustin has a .6 lead there, but if his role is diminished a bit with the Jimmer signing then his numbers could fall a bit.
Noah's 4.7 is less likely to rise merely because he's played more games and so his number will be harder to move and since he still has plenty of games where his assist numbers aren't that high.
The Bulls lambasted the Knicks which afforded Chicago an opportunity to put newly signed Jimmer Fredette in the game. He knocked down his first jumper, going one for two on the night with two rebounds in around three minutes. Sure, there's not much to analyze except that the crowd was pretty excited to see Jimmer get in there.
We'll see if the Thibodeau magic can rub off on Jimmer like it has John Lucas, Nate Robinson, and D.J. Augustin over the coming weeks.
Sorry I was drunk on a beach
I have little else to add, because, well, I only saw the highlights, but I thought Noah's game deserved a special note and might warrant some discussion. Stay warm Chicago, or at least get warm by the time I return.
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