Friday, May 3, 2013

Joakim Noah promises a win for Chicago in game seven

Joakim Noah made a bold guarantee after last nights Bulls 95-92 loss to the Nets. He guaranteed a win for the Bulls. And he made that very clear.
"We're a team of fighters," Noah said after the Bulls' loss in Game 6 on Thursday night. "We keep getting punched in the face but we fight back. I'm proud of this team, and we're going to go into a hostile environment in Brooklyn and we're going to win."
The Bulls haven't had the best luck health-wise this year, and that has certainly been the case during this series. With injuries to Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, and Joakim Noah having his lingering foot injury, the Bulls have continued to put up a little fight since leading 3-1 in the series. But now the series is tied at three wins a piece and the Bulls will in fact be entering what is assumed to be a very hostile Barclays Center.

P.J. Carlesimo came right out and stated that the Nets can deliver the knockout punch to the Bulls for the season.
"I've got a ton of confidence in these guys," he said. "They've been resilient all year. They've stepped up many, many times when people didn't think we could step up. We've played well on the road. We've beaten a lot of the better teams in the league, and the reward for the way we played in the regular season is that Game 7 of the first round is in our building. So, I'm just very confident our guys are going to take advantage of the opportunity and continue to do what they've done all year."
Nate Robinson and the Bulls remain confident that they can pull through and advance to the second round to play Miami.
"We just got to play through it," Robinson said. "Regardless of being sick or not, our guys, we all play our asses off. We got to continue to do that."
Nate even had a chance to crack a joke about his illness during last nights game.
"There was a couple times I had to throw up during the game," Robinson said. "But I didn't know if they were going to call a foul on me if I threw up on Deron Williams and played through it. But I don't know; we got to check the rulebook on that one." 
 But where are the Bulls at mentally going into the biggest game so far this season?
"[Our confidence is] going up," Bulls guard Jimmy Butler said. "It's sure not going to go down. They know they got to win Game 7; we know we got to win Game 7. Same style of basketball; it's going to be a fight. The tougher team is going to get the win, and we go in wanting to be the tougher team."
"We just got to go there, put our boxing gloves back on and tell everybody, 'Be ready to play,'" Taj Gibson said. "It's no time to be hurt, sick; it could be the end of the season. So we have to go out there, just put forth a lot of effort. There's no time to worry about small things; we got to just push the limit." 
Joakim Noah seems to be ready to go out and do just as Gibson said.
"I'm ready to play," he said. "I want to go play right now. Those are my emotions." 
Source: ESPN Chicago
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