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

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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."

Belichick: Pats see Garcia as left tackle

Belichick: Pats see Garcia as left tackle

FOXBORO -- The bullet points from Bill Belichick on the team’s second pick in this year’s draft, Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia:

- He’s a person.
- He’s a left tackle. 
- He has played tackle and will play tackle. 
- He visited with the Patriots. 
- We’re not sure if he’ll play guard at any point. 
- We’ll see how it goes. 

That’s generally as forthcoming as Belichick was regarding Garcia, a player for whom the Pats moved up from No. 96 to No. 85. Garcia’s selection came two picks after the team made Youngstown State pass-rusher Derek Rivers their first selection of the draft at No. 83. 

“He was here last week; [we] had a good visit with him,” Belichick said of Garcia. “So we’ll see how that goes, but we think he’ll be competitive. He’s done a good job for them down there.” 

Asked whether the lanky 6-foot-6 player could play guard, Belichick was noncommittal. 

“I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “He’s played tackle. He’s got the length and I think the athleticism to play tackle, but we’ll see how he does. I don’t know.” 

As for which side, Belichick viewed Garcia “primarily” as a left tackle.  
 

Stars, studs and duds: Bradley delivers another two-way gem

Stars, studs and duds: Bradley delivers another two-way gem

CHICAGO – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Boston’s series-clinching 105-83 Game 6 win over the Chicago Bulls.
 
STARS
 

Avery Bradley

He delivered yet another two-way gem for the Celtics, scoring nine of his 23 points in the first quarter that set the tone for Boston’s win.
 
Jimmy Butler

Gutsy performance by Butler whose sore knees didn’t allow him to be as explosive as he’s accustomed to at both ends of the floor. He still managed to score a team-high 23 points along with grabbing seven rebounds.
 
Al Horford

It’s almost to the point where you expect Horford to deliver a balanced scoring line. In Game 6 he had 12 points, 7 assists and six rebounds.
 

STUDS
 
Isaiah Thomas

His shot wasn’t falling (he was 4-for-12), but Thomas still managed to make his presence felt. He finished with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds.
 
Robin Lopez

He has had better games, but he still finished with a decent stat line with 10 points and five rebounds.
 

DUDS
 
Dwyane Wade

Absolutely brutal night for Wade who may have played his last game for the Bulls if he decides to opt-out of his contract and become a free agent. He had just two points, missing nine of his 10 shots from the field.