Tweet of the Day: Kevin Love Praises Joakim Noah

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Joakim Noah is a quiet warrior.

The 6-foot-11 Chicago Bulls center has become the team’s best healthy player and even one of the NBA’s best players and he did it completely under the radar.

Noah jumped into a leadership role when Derrick Rose tore his meniscus in November. The Bulls have won 21 of 29 games since Jan. 1, an East best. Chicago even managed to keep winning after losing Luol Deng via trade two months ago.

On Sunday the Bulls hosted the struggling New York Knicks and Noah put on a show. He had a career-high 14 assists to go with 13 points and 12 rebounds. With his stellar playmaking, he became the first center to post at least 14 assists since 1986. Chicago got the win, effortlessly, the final score was 109-90.

Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love had high praise for Noah’s passing.

K-Love isn’t too bad himself, and it’s not everyday he delivers such high praise.

Noah has averaged 12 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this season.

The Bulls are making a push for home advantage in the playoffs and they shouldn’t be ignored. They’re currently tied for third place with Toronto in the Eastern Conference.

Rose isn’t returning in the regular season, but maybe that’s OK. If Chicago keeps getting this type of production from Noah, the Bulls may be able to ride the wave to home-court advantage. Rose might be back for the playoffs, if not, the Bulls have made noise without him before.

For now, give the keys to Noah and let him do the driving.

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NBA Rumors and News for November 8, 2013

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Tweet of the Day: Russell Westbrook set to Return

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Remember when it was announced Russell Westbrook would be out 4-6 weeks of the regular season after a second surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee?

Well, less than a week into the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have it’s starting point guard back on the court.

During the first round of the 2013 playoffs, Westbrook was struck at mid-court by Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley. The incident seemed minor at the time as Westbrook was able to slowly walk away without being helped off the court.

Clearly NBA fans are excited to see one of the top point guards back early, even retired players delighted by the news.

 

 

Perhaps more than anyone, Kevin Durant will be excited to get Westbrook back. After going down to injury, the Thunder turned to Durant to get the job done by himself the remainder of the playoffs last year. His scoring numbers did go up but the team lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Semifinals, a series many believed they would have won with Westbrook.

The Thunder are hosting the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. In what will be Westbrook’s return after a long absence from NBA ball, he had the following to say:

“I feel excited. After being off the floor for seven to eight months, I mean, I’m very excited to be back on the floor, and hopefully we can get a win. I think it’s going to be a little different to get back in the groove of things, find a rhythm, whatever it may be. But we’re going to take it day by day and try to get it together. Yeah. I feel great. I feel I’m in a good spot. I’m happy and blessed to be able to be able to play basketball again and go on the floor and fight for my teammates. First, I want to thank all the fans and all my family and friends and maybe some of you guys for your support throughout this period. It’s been a tough one, but I’m happy to be back.”

 

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NBA Rumors and News for October 30, 2013

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Daily Trivia: Who holds the NBA career record for 3-pointers made? Answer below.

NBA Rumors and News for October 28, 2013

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Daily Trivia: When Shaquille O’Neal signed with the Boston Celtics, this was his __th NBA team? Answer below.

Brown, Lee and Marshall waived by Wizards
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The Washington Wizards announced Monday they have waived guards Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee and Kendall Marshall. The three players were acquired with Marcin Gortat in last week’s trade with the Phoenix Suns. The Wizards received center Gortat and the three players in exchange for injured center Emeka Okafor and a protected first-round draft pick in 2014. Marshall, Brown and Lee were included in the trade so that it would work financially under NBA rules. The next question is: where are these players heading next? Well, the word is Brown may be heading back to the Los Angeles Lakers. The current free agent was in LA from 2009-2011 and averaged about eight points per game in his stretch there. All three players have 48 hours from being waived to be claimed by another team before becoming unrestricted free agents.

Granger out three weeks with calf injury
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granger Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will miss approximately three weeks as he rehabilitates a strained left calf injury, the team announced Monday. Granger strained the calf Oct. 16, his first start of the preseason, while jumping against the Dallas Mavericks. Granger described the calf as feeling “tight,” although he initially believed he could continue playing. Before the Pacers played in Chicago on Oct. 18, Granger had an MRI. The results were negative. Granger, however, aggravated the injury in Chicago. The length of time is a precautionary measure as the team wants to ensure he’s physically ready to play in light of missing all but five games last season due to his knee injury.


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