Joakim Noah worked on becoming more of a scoring threat during the offseason and was aggressive early against the Lakers when he scored six quick points. He has only scored seven since.
"Some good, some not so good," coach Tom Thibodeau said when asked to evaluate his center's play in the first two games. "He's like our entire team. He was active in the last game. I want him to be who he is. He's playing very good defense, his offense has really come around his rebounding was better in the last game. Offensively, I want him to run the floor more. He can outrun people. He's a guy who can get us some easy buckets. We want to take advantage of that."
Noah isn't as concerned with his own performance as he is with that of the team's. After a epic rally against the Lakers, the Bulls started slow and fell to the Warriors.
"We just need to keep grinding, keep a positive attitude and understand teams are very good in the NBA," Noah said. "It's not because we're the Chicago Bulls that we're going to win games. We have to go out there and get better. Losing the way we did to Golden State, the effort we put out there wasn't very good. It's on us to bounce back. I think we'll do that."
The Bulls may get more consistently intense opposition this season after advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals last year.
"It doesn't matter," Noah said. "We just have to go out there and compete. We can compete harder."