Word on the Street: Gibson to start v. Clippers?

Word on the Street: Gibson to start v. Clippers?

Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
Gibson likely to start v. Clippers

With Bulls' center Joakim Noah out for between eight and 10 weeks, Taj Gibson will be called on to pick up much of the slack. Coach Tom Thibodeau said, though it's not yet definitive, Gibson will likely start on Saturday night against the Clippers. Gibson, of course, started the majority of last year as well as earlier this year while Boozer was out with his hand injury.

"The one thing I do like about Taj is his shot-blocking is terrific. He protects the front of the rim. His team defense is excellent," said Thibodeau. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Harvin to start v. Bears

When the Bears and Vikings take the frozen field at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday night, Percy Harvin will be there. Harvin has missed the last two games for the Vikings due to migraines that have plagued him for the majority of the season, however he now says he expects to play on Monday night against the Bears.

"Feeling great now," Harvin said Friday in the locker room before practice. "I had a bad two weeks. I think the last week was more precautionary, seeing how I react to a lot of the new medicines I was on." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Briggs unhappy with venue
Lance Briggs voiced his displeasure with the league's choice of venues for the upcoming Monday night game between the Bears and Vikings after practice on Friday.

"I really hope that the representatives from the NFLPA voice our concerns about playing there...Some of the things that make me scratch my head all the time," Briggs said. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Blackhawks sign Johnson

The Blackhawks have signed center Ryan Johnson to a one-year contract. Johnson, who had been with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on a tryout basis, will wear No. 17 and may play Friday night against the Red Wings. Prior to playing in the AHL, Johnson played with the Panthers, Lightning, Blues, and Canucks in the NHL. (Blackhawks.nhl.com)

Greinke fires agent; wants out of KC

Former Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke fired his agent on Friday, the clearest sign to date that he wants out of Kansas City. Frustrated with losing, Greinke became disengaged from his team at multiple points throughout the 2010 season. Through his now-seven full seasons with the Royals, his team has yet to muster even a single winning season. In fact, he has only experienced one season in which his team lost less than 90 games. (FoxSports)

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'


Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."