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Word on the Street: Attendance woes at Wrigley?

Word on the Street: Attendance woes at Wrigley?

Friday, April 29, 2011
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Cubs offer incentives to combat low attendance

Is the attendance at Wrigley Field that dismal? Apparently so, as the Chicago Cubs are offering a few incentives to lure more fans to the bleacher section.

The team announced a weekday promotion that will start for the May 10 game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Select beer will only cost 3, and starting May 11, hot dogs will cost just 1 every Wednesday. Beginning May 30, bleacher-goers will receive a T-shirt for Monday games.

The promotions are limited to fans with bleacher tickets. (Chicago Tribune)
Hinrich 'doubtful' for Hawks-Bulls series

Citing a "significant" right hamstring strain, Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich has benn listed as doubtful for Atlanta's second-round playoff series against Chicago. An MRI exam revealed the strain.

Hinrich was injured late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's victory over the Orlando Magic, which clinched the East quarterfinal series for Atlanta.

The injury could prevent Hinrich from playing in much of the Eastern Conference semifinal matchup against the Bulls. (The Sports Network)

Psychic sports writer?

You would think correctly picking the most selections of the NLF draft would equate you to a psychic, or just really smart.

The Dallas Morning News' football writer is definitely that smart.

Rick Gosselin nailed 14 of the 32 picks (including eight of the first nine selections) in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft. His mock draft bested that of all of his sports writing peers. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Daley makes wager on Bulls-Hawks series

Chicago Mayer Richard Daley is willing to wager some of Chicago's landmark food items. Daley is betting Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Chicago's famous pizza, hot dogs, and ribs that the Bulls will beat the Hawks in the upcoming Eastern Conference semifinals.

Daley's package also includes cupcakes, Italian beef and a three-foot-long sub sandwich. (AP)

Beckham's wardrobe malfunction?

The Beckhams attended the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Princess Catherine at Westminster Abbey. The wedding went off without a hitch, but that wasn't the same story for David's outfit.

He wore his Order of the British Empire medal on the wrong lapel.

A news critic said "perhaps David set a historic trend today." (Off the Bench)

Yankees donate 500,000 for tornado relief

The New York Yankees have donated 500,000 to the relief efforts for the destructive tornadoes that struck the South. Sending 250,000 to the American Red Cross and 250,000 to the Salvation Army, Yankees general partner Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal said that the team wanted to help rebuild the communities that were devastated by this week's deadly storms.

Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson grew up in one of the hardest-hit areas, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP)

Zach LaVine's conditioning at '70 percent' but still on schedule

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Zach LaVine's conditioning at '70 percent' but still on schedule

Everybody saw the play, that awkward instance where Zach LaVine looked ready for his second dunk of the season but was fouled from behind by Atlanta’s Taurean Prince.

It looked as if LaVine was ready for liftoff but one of his jets misfired, sparking at least the thought of his recovery from his ACL injury being a bit off—but he laughed at the thought.

“I don’t know why everybody keeps talking about it,” LaVine said Sunday at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center, where the Bulls held practice. “The dude stepped on the back of my foot, so I couldn’t get off the ground. Everybody’s wondering if I’m okay, yeah. I just missed a fouled layup.”

The adrenaline from his first two games have worn off a bit, and he missed his first four shots from the field Saturday before hitting a couple in the start of the third quarter in the Bulls’ 113-97 win over the Hawks.

He looked winded a few times during his stint and admitted his conditioning isn’t where it should be—as expected given he’s missed 11 months of real basketball. He said his conditioning is at about “70 percent”, and you can certainly see it in his jump shot not being as fluid as it was last season in Minnesota.

“It was feeling good in practice but in games it’s seventy,” LaVine said. “Playing defense, getting back, running the break, just getting used to it.”

Add to it, the Bulls cover the most halfcourt ground of any team in the NBA with their set offense and Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg has long said he’s not slowing down his offense while LaVine is in.

The shooting guard will have to catch up to the pace, and it’ll probably be better for him in the long run.

“I think it’s just ‘okay’ and rightfully so,” said Hoiberg about LaVine’s conditioning. “It’s impossible to simulate game action in practices when you’re doing individual workouts. Every time he plays that conditioning will ramp up. As he plays, it’ll get better and better. And he’s such a good and natural athlete, it’ll come back quickly.”

Hoiberg isn’t concerned about the variances in LaVine’s performances. He came out the gate with such force and adrenaline in his debut against Detroit and two days later against Miami, but it’s tailed off against Golden State and then Atlanta.

“I think Zach’s doing great,” Hoiberg said. “You look around the league where players have come back from significant injuries, he’s gonna be up and down. His first two games he’s been unbelievable. A couple games he hasn’t shot the ball great. He played unselfish basketball last night.”

LaVine’s minutes has been extended to 24 from 20, and he’ll still practice in the off-days as the Bulls want to keep his rehab on schedule as opposed to having him play heavy minutes initially.

He’ll be re-evaluated after Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia and could see his minutes rise before the Bulls host the Lakers Friday at the United Center.

“I should just get used to it,” LaVine said. “Just getting used to the swing of things. It takes a second for your body to get adjusted to it.”

Three Things to Watch: Bulls visit Pelicans

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls visit Pelicans

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the New Orleans Pelicans tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Pregame Live.

1. Anthony Davis

The five-time All-Star just continues to improve. While he's not averaging career-highs in any major category, no one's going to scoff at his 26.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.1 blocks in 36 minutes per game. He's shooting nearly 56 percent from the field and is on pace for a career-best in 3-pointers made, which is a pretty impressive statistic. Lauri Markkanen will have his hands full, and it may be in the Bulls' best interest to get Nikola Mirotic some early minutes to try and get physical with Davis. There's no real way to slow him down.

2. DeMarcus Cousins

And if the Bulls should so happen to get lucky and slow down Davis, there's another All-Star starter waiting alongside him. Boogie Cousins has been every bit as good as Davis this season, averaging 25.3 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 36 minutes. He's certainly not as efficient as Davis (47 percent from the field, 5.0 turnovers) but is deadly inside. He's shooting a career-best 52.8 percent on 2-pointers this season, and his 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks make him a serviceable defender (although the Bulls could certainly stretch their offense to make him work more).

3. Rajon Rondo

Rondo hasn't been great in his first season with the Pellies, but perhaps he's turning things around. Beginning with his absurd 25-assist game just after Christmas, Rondo is averaging 7.4 points, 8.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game. He's allowed Jrue Holiday to play more off the ball, and while his defense is nothing to write home about he's logging solid minutes for a Pelicans team woefully short in the backcourt.