Bulls' Noah earns second career triple-double in win over C's


Bulls' Noah earns second career triple-double in win over C's

CHICAGO There was a triple-double on the floor of Boston's game against Chicago, and the one doing it was not named Rajon Rondo.

In fact, he wasn't even a guard.

It was Chicago center Joakim Noah who tallied his second career triple-double in leading the Bulls to a 100-89 win over Boston.

Noah, just the second center in Bulls history with more than one triple-double in a Chicago uniform, had 11 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has always thought highly of Noah's overall game which is on display even more now with Derrick Rose still out.

"Noah is terrific," Rivers said. "He's such a great passer. At times without Rose, we really consider him their point guard. He makes their decisions, he bails them out ... he's just an extremely high IQ basketball player. And it's getting higher and higher."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau loves the versatility that Noah brings to the floor.

"His skill set is so unique," said Thibodeau, a former Celtics assistant coach. "It gives you the opportunity to play thru the elbows more and make it more of a cutting game."

And when the Bulls did that, the Celtics were indeed sliced up time and time and time again by Noah either finding teammates for lay-ups, open shots or getting his own offense going.

"I'm always looking to pass," said Noah who became the first Bulls center since Tom Boerwinkle to have at least two triple-doubles for Chicago. "I feel pretty comfortable up top and Carlos (Boozer) is a good finisher on the inside and I'm looking for him."

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.