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."

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Former Ravens and Jets linebacker - now an "NFL Today" analyst for CBS - Bart Scott usually "can't wait" to make his disdain for Tom Brady and the Patriots known. 

He was back at it Tuesday in an interview with CBS Radio's Damon Amendolara, in which he said the Falcons have the better quarterback heading into Super Bowl LI.

“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. Ryan is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, which will be announced the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show.

“Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks," Scott said. "He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”

More from Scott: “I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense. So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round against the Seahawks]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately.

"The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.

*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.

*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.

*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.

*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.