The Chicago Bulls defeated the Toronto Raptors 96-80 last night to capture their first road win of the season due to large parts of an astounding performance by center Joakim Noah. The win was truly a step in the right direction as the Bulls’ offensive is starting to find their rhythm as they shot 45% from the field and 43.8% from three-point land. The Bulls are now above .500 this season as they sit with a (4-3) record and currently stand third in the eastern conference going into tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
Noah played a stellar game last night in accumulating 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal, which immensely jolted the offense that was missing Derrick Rose who sat out the game with an ankle injury. It appeared at the get-go that Noah came into the game knowing that he needed to step up on the offensive end where the Bulls have been struggling in the season so far. However, last night the offensive came alive with the help of Noah shooting 70% from the field and leading the team in offensive rebounds to give the Bulls second chance opportunities for points.
Noah is definitely showing signs of getting healthy and regaining his all-star caliber play that the Bulls will need to have if they want to take down the Indiana Pacers tonight. They will need Noah to duplicate this performance as it’s still unclear if Derrick Rose will see action tonight so the Bulls will need to lean on him to help keep pace with the Pacer’s arsenal of shooters.