Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has admitted that he is actually looking forward to going to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs.
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Noah has made no secret of his desire to face LeBron James and the Cavs this post-season, and he is confident that his team has what it takes to finally defeat him.
His wish was granted after the Bulls eventually saw off the Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 on Thursday night, while the Cavs secured a series sweep earlier in the week against the Boston Celtics in their opening round series.
Noah caused controversy a few years ago when he criticised Cleveland as a city and insisted that no-one would ever have a vacation there, but that ultimately stemmed for his dislike of the Cavaliers.
However, he now gets the opportunity to silence them on the court by helping the Bulls get to the Eastern Conference finals.
“You know what? I never thought I’d say this, but I’m very excited to go to Cleveland,” he said, according to CSN Chicago.
Chicago have an awful playoff record against LeBron having gone 3-12 against him during his first stint with the Cavs and then the Miami Heat over four years.
However, the title favourites will be without Kevin Love for the series after he suffered a dislocated shoulder and was forced to undergo surgery which rules him out for between four and six months.
Meanwhile, JR Smith will be suspended for the first two games after hitting Jae Crowder in the face, and so Chicago will need to start quick and make the most of David Blatt’s side being weakened.