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Happy Birthday, Joakim!

Joakim Noah celebrates his 29th birthday on Tuesday



    Joakim Noah is celebrating his 29th birthday Tuesday.

    The outspoken and vocal center has essentially become the face of the Chicago Bulls the last two seasons with Derrick Rose sitting out with two separate knee injuries.

    A week ago he played in his second consecutive All-Star game and helped the East snap a three-year losing streak to the West in the midseason exhibition. Because of his passionate play, Noah helped the Bulls rebound from a January slide after the trade of Luol Deng, and currently has the team three games above .500 (29-26) and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings, with a chance to catch the third place Toronto Raptors.

    This season, Noah is averaging a career-high in points (12.0), assists (4.5) and rebounds (11.4) and has established himself as one of the most versatile big men in the game. So to celebrate his birthday, here’s a look at his top 10 plays from the first half of the 2013-14 season that made him an All-Star.

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