The Chicago Bulls' offense has seemingly found it easier to score in the fourth quarter of games with the ball running through Joakim Noah at the top of the key instead of Derrick Rose in isolations.
Noah has become one of the NBA's best passing big men and he's also improved his play in the pick-and-roll.
“The thing about Jo is he can beat you a lot of different ways," said Tom Thibodeau. "Sometimes it’s the defense and rebounding. Sometimes it’s the passing. Sometimes it’s his scoring. His screening has gotten significantly better. His rolling has gotten significantly better. He’s significantly better at making quicker decisions. And that’s how we want him to play."
The Bulls still rank 27th in offensive efficiency at 101.7 points per 100 possessions, but they have had 106.0 points or more per 100 possessions in eight of their past 11 games.