Noah accounts for actions, excels vs. Lakers, Howard


Noah accounts for actions, excels vs. Lakers, Howard

After the Bulls 95-83 win Monday night over the Lakers at the United Center, Joakim Noah was in a good mood.

He contributed 13 rebounds and a season-high six blocked shots to the victory and helped hold Lakers counterpart Dwight Howard to an eight-point, nine-rebound evening.

But on top of Noah feeling good about the win, the charismatic center stepped up to the plate and told his side of the story about Saturday night, during which he was benched for the final 22 minutes and 53 seconds of the Bulls overtime loss to Memphis.

Thibs would never, ever talk bad or say anything bad about us in the media, but that was all me. He took me out and I was emotional about it, I was expletive off and I probably said some things that I shouldnt have said, Noah acknowledged. But you learn from it and you move on, and its just the mindset that I wanted to have today. Just move on it from it. Its so many games and I didnt want it to linger.

I have the ultimate respect for my head coach, he continued, noting that any reconciliation between himself and Thibodeau was between the two and not something hed share with the media. It was my fault. I shouldnt have said the things that I said. We moved on and we got a big win tonight. Im happy about that.

For his part, Thibodeau lauded Noahs performance, joking that Noah would agree with the notion that benching him Saturday provided him with extra energy MondayNoah quipped, Sometimes I feel like Im ready to go and I have a bad gamebut on a more serious note, he asserted that he believed the centers preparation for the game tipped him off to the fact that hed have a good night.

The way he came into practice this morning and the way he started the game, I knew he was ready to play. He was terrific. Hes doing a good job for us. Hes just got to keep improving, he said. The road for us isnt going to get any easier and I dont want our guys to exhale, and start feeling good. This road is going to be a tough road and weve got to keep battling, concentrate on the improvement, get ready for the next game.

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Doug McDermott, Kyle Korver return to Creighton for NBA preseason game

Competing in Nebraska may have been foreign for most Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks players, but Doug McDermott and Kyle Korver were right at home. 

The veterans, who both starred at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., returned to their college stomping grounds for NBA preseason action Thursday night. Korver's Hawks got the best of McDermott's Bulls, 97-81, on Creighton's home floor.

Both had illustrious careers for the Blue Jays basketball squad. McDermott, who graduated in 2014, won the Wooden Award his senior season and is the all-time leading scorer. Korver, as you may have guessed, holds the school record for most three-pointers made. Fans at Thursday's game got a flashback from these glory days, as both logged significant minutes and put up offensive numbers. 

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McDermott didn't have his best shooting night, but knocked down two triples and finished with 16 points. Korver also scored 16, splashing in four from beyond the arc. 

Afterwards, McDermott thanked the Omaha faithful via Twitter.

With the loss, the Bulls' preseason ends with a record of 3-4. They open regular season play on Oct. 27 against the Boston Celtics. 


Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

Bulls drop preseason finale to Dwight Howard, Hawks

OMAHA, Neb. — Dwight Howard had 16 points and 15 rebounds in a 97-81 win over the Bulls.

Kyle Korver, who played at Creighton, also scored 16 points as Atlanta finished the preseason 5-2.

Jimmy Butler scored 16 points as Chicago wrapped up exhibition play at 3-4.

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HAWKS: Kent Bazemore had 15 points and nine rebounds. ... Korver made four 3-pointers.

BULLS: Doug McDermott, another former Creighton star playing in his college arena, scored 16 points but shot 5 for 15. ... Dwyane Wade (3 for 14) and Rajon Rondo (1 for 7) combined for just 11 points. Both had six assists.

UP NEXT: Atlanta (5-2) hosts Washington next Thursday in its season opener. Chicago (3-4) also opens Thursday against Boston.