Joakim Noah is a nuisance and a pest. He's a guy you'd love to have on your team, but would hate to play against. These are all things Noah probably doesn't mind. In the end, it was he who got the last laugh, as his Bulls finally put together a complete game to knock out the Pacers.
Remarkably, it was Noah who ended up breaking the Pacers' spirit. The Pacers never broke from three tight losses earlier in the series, despite crunch-time failure in all three. But when Noah finally flexed his muscles and started doing Joakim Noah things, the Pacers got mad and lost their cool. Josh McRoberts was first, taking poorly to a Noah elbow and getting himself ejected because he delivered a forearm shove from behind. Danny Granger was next, and he wasn't hiding anything. When the buzzer sounded, he had to be restrained from fighting with Noah and his teammates. Once the media came in to talk, he forgot to put the filter back on.
"Joakim Noah, he's a dirty player," Granger said. "Honestly. He elbowed two of my power forwards. One got kicked out. The other got a tech and nothing's called on him.
Noah's verbal response was simple ("I'm just trying to win basketball games, man). His facial response might have looked something like this, and it would have been more appropriate than anything that came out of his mouth. I'd say more, but HEY LOOK IT'S JOAKIM NOAH'S GRANDFATHER AND SISTER.