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Watson 'doing better', could return soon

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Watson 'doing better', could return soon

MILWAUKEE -- While C.J. Watson doesnt explicitly regret returning to Sundays win at Philadelphia after spraining his left ankle in the second quarter -- his valiant fourth-quarter effort was a major reason why the Bulls staved off the 76ers -- with his injury-filled campaign, he wishes he exercised a bit more caution.

I was just playing off adrenaline, trying to get back out there. Sometimes I think it was a bad idea because my foot was worse the next day, he admitted prior to the Bulls Wednesday-morning shootaround at the Bradley Center. It still hurts a lot. I cant really put pressure on it when I walk on it, so just trying to ice it, stretch it, try to move it and do whatever I can to get back as soon as possible.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed that the backup point guard would miss Wednesdays game at Milwaukee, though he noted that Watson was doing better. Watson himself expects to return to the floor as early as Saturdays home tilt against the Jazz, if not one of next weeks primetime matchups with either New York or Miami.

If you are injured, its hard to get rest and get back on the court because the schedules so short, but everyones getting injuries, said Watson, who has also dislocated his left elbow and suffered a concussion this season. Its just part of basketball, part of the game.

If Watson takes his time in returning to the court, hell have plenty to keep him occupied away from basketball.

I have a couple of events coming up in March, said Watson, who will appear at the Public House on the night of March 13 for a March Madness event to benefit his Quiet Storm Foundation, as well as host a Black History Month Appreciation brunch at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on March 11. A black history essay contest and I have a bowling event for this girl who has brain cancer, so Im just trying to help them out and give back to the community.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should Bears use Jags/Vikes as blueprints and build an elite defense over offense?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should Bears use Jags/Vikes as blueprints and build an elite defense over offense?

On this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Schuster (670 The Score), Dan Cahill (Chicago Sun-Times) and Jordan Bernfield join David Kaplan on the panel.

The Bulls keep on winning. Should they try to make the playoffs? NBCSportsChicago.com’s Vincent Goodwill joins the guys to discuss.

Plus, with Bortles, Foles and Keenum starting in this weekend’s Championship Games should the Bears prioritize improving their defense this offseason?

Blackhawks reportedly concerned Corey Crawford could miss rest of season

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Blackhawks reportedly concerned Corey Crawford could miss rest of season

Corey Crawford has been out since before Christmas with an injury that the Blackhawks have only described as an “upper-body injury,” but new reporting from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times paints a much worse picture than originally feared.

Lazerus cited three sources who said Crawford is dealing with “vertigo-like symptoms” for the second time in his career. Previously, coach Joel Quenneville was asked if Crawford would return this season and answered affimatively 10 days ago.

Crawford last played on Dec. 23 in New Jersey when he gave up three goals on seven shots and was pulled in the first period. He had been having a season worthy of putting him in the discussion for the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL’s best goaltender.

Information on the injury from the Blackhawks has been hard to come by, which is why Lazerus’ reporting is such a big deal.

Anton Forsberg and 32-year-old rookie Jeff Glass have filled in while Crawford has been out. Crawford has a 16-9-2 record this season while Forsberg and Glass have combined to go 6-8-4.

As the Blackhawks sit outside a playoff spot for now, Crawford’s potential long-term absence could affect how the Blackhawks approach the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Pat Boyle talked with Luke Stuckmeyer for a Facebook Live on the topic: