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Joakim Noah is playing the best ball of his career, and he deserves to be rewarded for it.
As usual, Noah was all over the place against the Celtics, wreaking havoc on the interior and making plays as a facilitator.
That's right—a facilitator. He's averaging over four assists per game this year, and he showed off his passing talent in the fourth quarter. Noah made a number of passes from the perimeter that resulted in easy layups for teammates.
Noah made the All-Star voting process seem silly after outdueling Kevin Garnett, the starter for the East.
His energy, intensity and fearlessness have played a significant role in the success of Chicago, which is still without Derrick Rose, and could now be without Luol Deng, who left Friday night's game after aggravating a hamstring injury.
Now that he's getting better fundamentally, developing a reliable mid-range jumper and improving his free-throw percentage to a remarkable 80 percent, Noah has become a two-way player and NBA stud.
The fact that Chicago is still a threat just makes the All-Star case for Noah even sweeter.