Joakim Noah: It would be 'exciting' to play Cavs in playoffs

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Joakim Noah is never shy to share his thoughts on an array of issues, and that likely isn’t changing anytime soon. 

After the Bulls’ 99-94 loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday, Noah said he still liked Chicago’s chances against LeBron James and company in the playoffs. 

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“I think we’re a confident group,” Noah said after the game, according to ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell. “And it would be great to play them in the playoffs. It would be very, very exciting, something that I really hope happens.”

Noah certainly has reason to be confident, despite the Bulls’ 1-3 record against Cleveland this season and 3-12 record against James in the playoffs since 2010. Even without star guard Derrick Rose, Chicago still pushed the Cavs on their home court Sunday. 

Bulls guard Jimmy Butler agreed with Noah’s sentiment, saying the team knows what it needs to do to be able to beat Cleveland. 

“We know how to fix what we did,” Butler said, per Friedell. “We gave away some easy baskets, and things that we talked about we were going to do in the scouting report before the game we didn’t execute the way that we wanted to, so we’re very confident [in] the group of guys that we have, and on top of everything else, I don’t think anybody in this locker room wants to go home early, let alone play to lose.”

Of course, while the Bulls don’t want to go home early, they may not want to stay in Northeast Ohio for too long. Noah has declared Cleveland to be a boring place in the past, bu

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t did give the city some credit on Sunday.

“This is a great place to play basketball,” Noah said of Cleveland, via Friedell. “Other than that, there’s not much else to do. But when you get onto that court, it’s a great place to play basketball. That’s as much love as I’ll give to Cleveland.”