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Game 35: Bulls 110, Bucks 91

23 Feb 2012

Three Stars (leaderboard)
1. Joakim Noah: 13 points (.771 TS%), 13 rebounds (5 off.), 10 assists
2. Derrick Rose: 16 points (.542 TS%), 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks
3. Carlos Boozer: 20 points (.776 TS%), 7 rebounds (1 off.), 3 assists

Joakim Noah’s triple-double has everyone buzzing, and that will happen when you do something that hasn’t been done by a Bulls center since Artis Gilmore 35 years ago.

But I’m more excited about what this latest and greatest exhibit of Noah’s passing ability says about Chicago’s offensive potential.

We’re now in Season 2 of the quest to find a star scorer who can carry the load when playoff opponents swarm Derrick Rose, but Wednesday’s performance against Milwaukee showed another way. It makes all the difference in the world if the Bulls can thrive 4-on-3 when Rose occupies two defenders.

And with the way Noah and Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer (and Rip Hamilton if he gets healthy) can pass the ball, I’m optimistic-bordering-on-confident they can create open shots in the half-court offense.

Except possibly against LeBron and Wade and all those ball-hawking, 6-foot-8 Miami defenders. Which is kind of the whole problem.

But there’s reason for hope, isn’t there?

Box Score

Record: 27-8, second in the Eastern Conference
Next: Tuesday 2/28 vs. New Orleans, 7:00 CT

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