Thanks to ESPN, Joakim Noah is pretty confident the Bulls have what it takes to make it to the second round of the playoffs. If the Bulls have Noah’s mentality, they should be able to go all the way.
With Deng, Rose, Hinrich, Gibson and Robinson all fighting their own illness, Noah is the pushing leader on the floor and according to him, no matter how many times the Bulls get knocked down, they will get back up.
“We’re a team of fighters,” Noah said after the Bulls’ 95-92 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.”
“I’m ready to play,” he said. “I want to go play right now. Those are my emotions.”
Robinson who is suffering from an illness, spoke about it and even throwing up on the sidelines.
“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.”
Regardless of what the team is going trough physically, the remaining players knows they have to step up and fight. They know getting to the second round wont be easy but if they go down in game 7, they’re going down fighting.
“We just got to go there, put our boxing gloves back on and tell everybody ‘be ready to play,’” 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.”