Chicago Bulls: Did Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah Right the Ship Against Detroit?

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIJanuary 5, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 30: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls celebrates with Carlos Boozer #5 in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  The Bulls won 114-101.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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I know it is only one game, but for one game this season, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah were able to co-exist.

For the first time this season, Noah recorded a double-double. Boozer led the team in scoring, totaling 19 points and seven rebounds. The two combined for 32 points and 18 rebounds. 

That is much better than the 21 points they were averaging together heading into Wednesday's game. 

Derrick Rose might be able to will the Bulls to a few wins here and there during the regular season, but they need Boozer and Noah if they want to win a championship.

Friday was a perfect example of how dangerous the Bulls can be. Even without Luol Deng having a good game, the Bulls beat Detroit 99-83.

Maybe the most impressive thing about Wednesday’s victory was that Boozer and Noah were on the court in the fourth, unlike the night before. Tuesday against Atlanta, the two combined to play four seconds in the fourth. Noah played those four seconds on the critical in-bounds play that lead to the win.

Against Detroit, the duo of Boozer and Noah added six assists, three steals and two blocks. Also, Noah only committed one personal foul and played 35 minutes.

So the question is whether this the beginning of great things or just a flash in the pan.

To be honest, no one knows, but I personally think that it is the start of things to come. Remember that until the playoffs last season, this pair never had a stretch longer than nine games together.

Counting the end of last season, playoffs, this preseason and regular season, they have played in 32 straight games together. Even if you put all their games together, they have yet to play a full season's worth of games.

We will get to see how the duo holds up on Friday when the Bulls travel to take on Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Let's hope for the best, otherwise Tom Thibodeau may have to look into making some lineup changes.