Joakim Noah: ‘There’s no Excuses’
The young center scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but he looked like a little child who had just been scolded and sent to his room without dinner. His head tilted to the side as his eyes gazed off in the distance toward nothing in particular. He knows his team is good, but even after completing a nine-game road trip with a respectable 6-3 record, he realizes that they could have played much better.
“There’s no excuses,” (Joakim) Noah said. “We’re 6-3 on this road trip. We want to be a championship team. And to be a championship team, it’s OK, but it’s not great. Obviously, we’re not playing with our MVP, but there’s definitely enough in this room to win a game like tonight. But I feel like today, we got out-competed.”
Noah was right. The Bulls didn’t play with the edge that fans have grown accustomed to seeing over the past couple of months. Granted, the Bulls were playing without Derrick Rose (back) and Rip Hamilton (groin/thigh), but they were getting beat up and down the floor, as evidenced by the 33-7 advantage the Celtics built up in fast-break points.