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07:00 AM ET 04.22 | Bulls center Joakim Noah made a surprise start in Game 1, which on the surface would be a significantly positive development. In theory, Noah's high activity level clearly benefits the Bulls, but hampered by injury and suffering from a lack of timing resulting from limited practice time, an already-formidable matchup with Nets counterpart Brook Lopez, himself an Eastern Conference All-Star center, tilted in Brooklyn's favor in Game 1. ... Noah will start Monday's Game 2 -- "if he's healthy," Thibodeau added as a caveat -- and the coach insisted that Noah's presence, even while ailing, benefits the team. "He's a plus. I think we feed off what he can do defensively, and offensively he has a very unique skillset."

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April 22, 2013  07:26 AM ET

More intenstinal fortitude than Rose ?????

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April 22, 2013  08:01 AM ET

He would move faster with less hair. Damn hippies!

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April 22, 2013  09:05 AM ET

There Is No Tomorrow, Bro.

April 22, 2013  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

More intenstinal fortitude than Rose ?????

Bingo.

Hats off to Noah, Boozer 9the dude gets knocked a LOT, but does try his best), Capt Kirk (dude's been pretty much playing hurt the entire year), and Nate for showing some heart to compete in front of unfavorable odds.

Rose, meanwhile, isn't "mentally ready" to step on the court. I officially give him his new middle name Derrick "wuss" Rose.

April 22, 2013  11:42 AM ET

Noah was an efficient contributor in Game 1....problem is hat he only played about 12-13 minutes. That's all he's really able to play.

It's too bad, really. With Noah, the Bulls can make a series of this. Without Noah, it's a 4 or 5 game elimination.

April 22, 2013  12:58 PM ET
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Noah was an efficient contributor in Game 1....problem is hat he only played about 12-13 minutes. That's all he's really able to play.It's too bad, really. With Noah, the Bulls can make a series of this. Without Noah, it's a 4 or 5 game elimination.

Yeah this series will not last very far without Noah. Lopez has stepped his game up, offensively he can actually put the ball on the floor to score, hit the jumper, finish in traffic. Chicago has no answers for a penetrating Williams dishing to Lopez

April 22, 2013  01:31 PM ET

How did Noah's presence "clearly benefit" the Bulls?

They were down 25 - 14 thru the 1st quarter (when he played his 1st half mins) and the Nets never looked back.

April 22, 2013  02:48 PM ET
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How did Noah's presence "clearly benefit" the Bulls?They were down 25 - 14 thru the 1st quarter (when he played his 1st half mins) and the Nets never looked back.

Exactly. Noah was getting block on O and beat on D, just like Rose would be.

I applaud guys for showing heart and think it's great to give it your all; but if you can't go than sit you butt down and let someone in who can.

 
April 22, 2013  02:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

More intenstinal fortitude than Rose ?????

And look what it got him..... eaten alive and put the Bulls in an early hole.

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