Noah's feud with Celtics' Garnett continues


Noah's feud with Celtics' Garnett continues

BOSTONDespite his positivity about the Bulls overtime win Friday night over the Celtics, Joakim Noah still has a bone to pick with Boston counterpart Kevin Garnett.

The two centers were tangled up and assessed a double technical foul with 2:20 left in the fourth quarter.

When we lose, I feel like he crosses the line. But since weve been beating their expletive, Im cool with it, he said about Garnett, who he famously called a dirty player during the 2010 playoffs. He wants to win. I want to win. I dont think it will ever be cool.

I feel like I was young and maybe talking a little too much when Noah called Garnett dirty. What happens on the court should stay on the court. I was pretty vocal about it. At the end of the day, all that matters is winning or losing. It doesnt matter. You dont have to like your opponents. The only thing Im worried about is this team. Hes the same way with Boston. Hes worried about his team and getting them going. Im just happy we beat them twice and they beat us once. It was a great game, he continued, before talking about his defense on the Eastern Conference All-Star Game starter, who he held to 1-for-10 shooting through three quarters.

Just playing solid defense, contesting his shots. Hes a hell of a competitor. Hes always on some expletive, just trying to throw elbows, cheap shots, trying to get you off your game. Hes been doing this a long time. But its all right.

Still, the free-spirited Noah later paid Garnett a compliment.

I know if I dont come ready to play, I know hes going to embarrass me, so I would never, ever go out before a game, before I play KG, he said. Im always ready to play when I play Boston.

Noahs coach, Tom Thibodeau talked about how Garnett, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds to Noahs 14 points and 13 boards, impacted the game despite his rough start.

Garnett just works the game, he explained. The first half, nothings really going and then, in the end, making big shots, big plays. He impacts the game in so many different ways.

Prior to the contest, Thibodeau compared the two high-energy big men.

Theyre different. Jos still just getting started. Kevins done it a long time, so its hard to compare the two. They have different strengths. Theyre both fierce competitorsthat part is similarbut their skill sets are totally different, he said. Joakim is still improving, getting better and Kevin has done that for whatever, 15 years, and Kevin, his overall strength, hes at a different place. Jos still getting stronger.

Ironically, Garnett credited Noah before the game, saying the Bulls center has a good chance to make his first NBA All-Star Game.

I think Noahs play is starting to increase, he said. I think hes getting better.

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.