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Bulls lose to the Clippers — think they miss Joakim Noah now?

Dec 20, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

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For all of you out there insistent that the Bulls should put Joakim Noah in the offer package for Carmelo Anthony — did you watch your team Saturday?

The Bulls lost at home to the Los Angeles Clippers. Yes, those Clippers, who picked up their seventh win of the season that night. Blake Griffin went off for 29 points on 10-18 shooting, and he got to the line 12 times. Griffin was 5-7 in shots at the rim. As a team the Clippers were 16 of 23 at the rim or 69.6 percent. For the season, the worst defensive team at the rim is the Warriors and they allow opponents to shoot 58.7 percent.

Think you miss Joakim Noah now?

Yes, there are caveats here. Like Blake Griffin is really good and a freakish athlete. Yes, this is just one game. Yes, the Clippers have a few players and might have won this game if Noah was there.

But the hole in the middle looked like a cavern.

Omer Asik is going to have to do more defensively. Kurt Thomas is just going to have to do more. As a team the Bulls are going to have to play better defense.

Tom Thibodeau is one coach who can figure it all out, who might be the best person to come up with a Plan B. One that can patch the holes for two months while Noah recovers from surgery to repair a ligament in his thumb. Then after that there will be time for the Bulls to get all the gears to mesh before the playoffs.

But one game showed just how vital Noah is to the Bulls.

  1. jimsjam33 - Dec 20, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    These aren’t the same old Clippers . Blake Griffin is a freak and the Clippers are starting to like the attention . They blew out Detroit the night before , lost it to Philadelphia in the second half , but came back strong against the Bulls . Joakim Noah would have made a difference , but enough to beat the Clippers ? I don’t know .

    • dirksimmons - Dec 20, 2010 at 6:47 PM

      Haha…Oh my. As improved as the Clippers are, they don’t match up with the Bulls if Noah is in the lineup. You’re funny…

      Anyway, it’s going to take a few games to adjust to things without Noah. Can’t expect us to be the same ole’ team with him out. We’ll get rolling again. We’re going to drop a couple like these though. By the end, we could still be a 50-win team.

  2. bullsfaninla - Dec 20, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    This Bulls fan knew just how important Noah is to the Bulls and was very happy that he was not traded for Carmelo. Noah’s value is not simply measured by the box score – his intangibles are enourmous.

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