Ah, another night Joakim Noah is going up against a scrub front court and is filling up the stat sheet like few can.
9 mins to go in the 2nd still, he alrady has: 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks.
And the only big on the Sixers who can match Noah's combination of height, length, athleticism, and energy is Arnett Moultrie who played well while he was in but God forbid Collins give him any significant minutes.
A rookie playing for Doug Collins?!?!?! Blasphemy!
Add another trip-dub for Noah with 11 career-high blocks and 20 rebounds.
20/20/11 with 4 minutes left. Have to think things would be different if Andrew Bynum ever suited up for Philly.
A BIG "if" at this point.
Joakim Noah a Bumslayer?
Far, far, from it. And not like Manti Te'o.
No, you got the wrong guy. Carlos Boozer, a Bumslayer. Joakim Noah, shows up in big games and against better teams. MOP in 2006. 2009 epic playoff series against Boston he was great. One of my favorite Bulls moments ever is when he stole the ball from Pierce at the 3 point line and drove the length of the court and dunked on him. Hustle, defense, and effort never stop and he effects games no matter what the opponents skill level is. He always balls out. Sure he may struggle to score against better players/defenders/teams but he struggles to score period. He gets his points off tip-ins and hustle plays anyways. Boozer is a guy who tries harder against lower level competition and gives more effort to score. Then he tightens up and fades away when playing better teams, and he knows he is getting beat, in a sense gives up, and fails to show up in big games/playoffs.
Actually no. Yeah, he had a GREAT series against Boston in 2009, I'm not denying that. But if you have actually been watching the Bulls on a night to night basis, he KILLS teams with bad frontlines. Kills them. Watch the next time he plays Hibbert or Chandler, wanna bet he puts up pedestrian numbers? I love what Noah brings to the table, he deserved being an All star, it was great. And I'm not at all saying he is bad against good teams. What I am saying is when he plays bad front lines, he smells blood, and puts one of these crazy performances on. He doesn't do that against the elite defensive big men. And for all his big game hype and charisma, he was a complete no show against the Heat in the 2011 ECF.