Joakim Noah PF/C CHI 2 months ago

Noah played in 67 games for the Bulls this season and averaged 7.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.

Noah struggled with knee issues all season after having surgery last summer and looked lost offensively at times, especially in the playoffs. It was unlikely that he was going to match last year's production of 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per game, but he really took a step backwards this season. He is still one of the best passing centers in the league, but his fantasy value really takes a hit if he can't score and shoots 44.5 percent from the field like he did this season. The summer off might be just what the doctor ordered for his knee, but he will be a big question mark heading into the 2015-16 campaign.

Joakim Noah PF/C CHI 2 months ago

Noah grabbed 11 rebounds Thursday in a Game 6 loss to the Cavaliers, but was limited to just four points (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT) and one block in 35 minutes.

While Noah's scoring totals fell off toward the end of the year anyway, his quiet production in the playoffs came as somewhat of a surprise. He had three games in the series against the Cavs with just four points, and shot 33.3 percent from the floor, including an 0-for-4 night in Game 1.

Joakim Noah PF/C CHI 3 months ago

Noah scored eight points (4-12 FG) to go along with 15 rebounds, two steals and one block in 37 minutes in Game 4 Sunday against the Cavaliers.

One of the best passing centers in the league, Noah didn't dish out a single assist Sunday in what was an offensive struggle for both teams. He saw an increased role with Pau Gasol (hamstring) out of action Sunday and would see increased minutes again in Game 5 Tuesday should Gasol sit again.

Joakim Noah PF/C CHI 3 months ago

Noah struggled from the field in Game 3 against the Cavaliers, going just 1-for-8 for four points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks in 22 minutes of action.

Noah will need to come up big over the next few games if Pau Gasol misses time, as the Bulls need a consistent force down low. It's encouraging to know that Noah will rack up boards and defensive stats even if he's not scoring, but the Bulls could certainly use more assists from the center, who averaged 4.7 during the regular season, but didn't notch a single dime in Game 3.

Joakim Noah PF/C CHI 3 months ago

Noah (illness) struggled in Game 1 Monday against the Cavaliers as he was held scoreless (0-4 FG, 0-2 FT) in 29 minutes. He was able to contribute nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

Noah looked bad Monday as he was often forced to guard a smaller player on the perimeter. He missed a wide open layup on one possession and looked bad on his free-throws as well. He is never going to be counted on to score a ton, but he could be in for a rough series if he continues to deal with these unusual defensive assignments.

Joakim Noah PF/C CHI 3 months ago

Noah took part in most of Saturday's practice, despite feeling "a little sick," ESPN Chicago reports.

The Bulls don't open the Eastern Conference semifinals at Cleveland until Monday, leaving Noah an additional day to recover. In the six-game series win against the Bucks, he managed to average 6.5 points (on 48 percent shooting), 11.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.0 block in 33 minutes.

Joakim Noah PF/C CHI 3 months ago

Noah had his best game of the series Thursday in a Game 6 victory, scoring 11 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 FT) and grabbing 10 boards in 25 minutes.

Noah was quiet offensively for much of this first-round series, only scoring a combined 18 points through the first four games. However, in the six games against the Bucks, he averaged 11.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

Joakim Noah PF/C CHI 3 months ago

Noah scored 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 FT) with 13 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and a steal in 32 minutes during Monday's Game 5 loss to the Bucks.

Although he's pulled down double digit boards in four of five games so far in the series, this was Noah's first game scoring in double digits as well. He'll continue to focus on cleaning the glass Thursday in Game 6.

Joakim Noah PF/C CHI 3 months ago

Noah scored six points (3-9 FG) to go along with 19 rebounds, five assists and one block in 32 minutes Monday in Game 2 against the Bucks.

Noah was great on the glass and defensively in a big win Monday. He looked to be playing with a lot of energy and is no longer on any minutes restrictions.

Joakim Noah PF/C CHI 3 months ago

Noah scored six points (3-5 FG, 0-2 FT) with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 35 minutes Saturday.

Noah, who missed the last two regular season games, appeared unrestricted in his 35 minutes Saturday, and was his usual active self on offense and defense. Noah suffered a dramatic drop off across the board this season with the arrival of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic, but his energy and defensive acumen will be key factors in the Bulls' playoff push.