The Chicago Bulls are 20-8 in the 2014 calendar year, the best mark in the Eastern Conference. They’ve run that record mostly without 2013 All-Star Luol Deng, who was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers for no compensation, partially without Carlos Boozer, and completely without Derrick Rose. On Friday night, on the road against the Dallas Mavericks, the team reduced a top-five offense to a complete mess on that end. A Mavs squad featuring a litany of intelligent, veteran all-around players, led by one of the best coaches in the game, looked completely out of sorts and desperate against Chicago’s defense, only scoring 37 points in the second half.
It was perhaps the most satisfying win of Chicago’s season, coming on the heels of just-as-satisfying blowout conquests over Golden State and Denver. Friday’s win wasn’t a blowout, as it took a last minute lay-in from Bulls All-Star Joakim Noah (who repeatedly flustered Dirk Nowitzki with his all-out defense) to help seal the team’s eventual 100-91 win.
After that make, Noah expected a high-end chest bump from Bulls rookie Tony Snell, but he wasn’t exactly pleased with the reaction he got. Via Beyond the Buzzer, watch:
Gotta get that right, son.
To be fair to Snell, he genuinely is one of Chicago’s top towel-wavers on the bench, a sight that sort of sticks out amongst the team’s veteran core and the relatively timid tones of youngster Jimmy Butler.
Noah understands as much. From his Twitter account:
I love my rooks. They work their asses off. We will work on our celebrations tony. Don't trip. Stay up lil homie. Lol
— Joakim Noah (@JoakimNoah) March 1, 2014
Love the rooks, respect the Bulls. Keep on, red and black.
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