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Word on the Street: Granger calls Noah 'dirty player'

Word on the Street: Granger calls Noah 'dirty player'

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Granger calls Noah a 'dirty player'

Danny Granger was ready to get into it with Joakim Noah after the Bulls finished off the Pacers on Tuesday night. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau intervened and told Granger to cool off.

Then Granger turned his attention to the media and didn't hold back on his feelings towards Joakim Noah.

"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 nothings called on him. I dont think theres a place in the game for it."

Noah didn't spend too much time worrying about Granger's complaint.

I play dirty? Noah said. OK. Im just trying to win basketball games, man. Its the name of the game." (Daily Herald)

Thrashers heading to Winnipeg?

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz said he believes the Coyotes will end up staying in Glendale. He said because of contractual and financial obligations the Coyotes have to Arizona, the team wouldn't be able to make the move to Manitoba.

But the people of Winnipeg should not have to worry about missing out on an NHL team relocating to their city: the Atlanta Thrashers, who are also for sale, are a possibility to acquire and move to Manitoba.

The clock is ticking on the deal between Winnipeg buyers, the NHL (which currently owns the Coyotes, and the city of Glendale. (Phoenix Business Journal)
Is Tyler Colvin being demoted?

Well, not officially, but it is looking more and more like Tyler Colvin could be demoted to AAA Iowa.

Colvin has struggled (.128.196.319) during his split time with Kosuke Fukudome (.458.552.479) and has been pushed to the back of the bench. The young fielder has only started one of the last ten games.

Could Mike Quade be transitioning Colvin from the majors to the minors? We'll just have to wait and see. (Cubs Billy Goat Blog)

Bulls unveil new license plate

Joining the likes of the Bears, Cubs and Blackhawks, the Chicago Bulls are the latest team to offer fans the opportunity to support their team with an Illinois license plate. Sec. of State Jesse White and the Bulls unveiled the new Bulls permanent plate.

The plate is striped black and red, and features the Bulls logo. Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and team president Michael Reinsdorf joined White in unveiling the plate at the Thompson Center. (My Fox Chicago)

Bears' Dent owes IRS over 1 mil

The IRS has filed a more than 1.1 million tax lien against Chicago Bears great Richard Dent for failing to pay federal taxes. According to public records, DeKalb County Superior Court in Georgia filed a 1,160,056 tax lien against Dent about one month after Dent was elected for Pro Football's Hall of Fame.

Dent is heading to the NFL Draft on Friday as he is scheduled to be the Bears' guest representative for their second-round pick. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Canucks fans fail at burning Blackhawks jersey

After the Blackhawks heartbreaking loss to the Vancouver Canucks in overtime on Tuesday, Canucks fans took to the streets to celebrate the victory. Among the fans, a group decided to torch a Chicago jersey in celebration.

They had a bit of a tough time igniting the Blackhawks sweater, so eventually they decided to just jump on it. Classy celebration, indeed.

You can watch the 'celebration' below:

(Vancouver Sun)

Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

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Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

Win one game.

That was Joel Quenneville’s message during the Blackhawks’ eight-game losing streak, which finally came to an end on Saturday night.

How about a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on home ice for a streak-breaker? Now that’s more like it.

Prior to Saturday, the Blackhawks hadn’t recorded a win in February — or a win at the United Center since Jan. 12. 

Though the Blackhawks will likely miss the playoffs for the first time since Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were rookies, a blowout win over the leaders of the Metropolitan Division Capitals had to have felt great.

"It’s a nice way to get over the hump," Toews said. "Sometimes you might just win a 2-1 game or just kind of grind it out, but it was nice for us to fill the net the way we did tonight."

Added Joel Quenneville, "Certainly feels 100 times better than coming in and trying to explain how we had a lead and were unable to sustain it. The complete 60 minutes, three periods the right way, more consistency in our game, way more pace than we’ve seen recently, composure with the puck, shooting around the net. It was fun but that’s one. Let’s see how we respond to this because there’s a lot of hockey left."

The Blackhawks are 25-26-8 with 58 points, and are 11 points out the final wild card spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild.

Among the highlights:

— Seven different Blackhawks scored: Toews, Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman

— The Blackhawks are 74-6-4 in the regular season in which Kane and Toews both record a goal — and 41-0-0 in their last 41 games, according to NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka.

— Kane registered career assist No. 500, becoming the sixth Blackhawk with 500 or more. Kane is also the seventh U.S.-born player with 300-plus goals and 500-plus assists, joining Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Pat LaFontaine, Joe Mullen and Phil Housley, according to Kamka.

"You think about the amount of great Americans that have played the game, how many players actually play hockey in the United States... Growing up all I wanted to do was play hockey," Kane said. "That means a lot, especially when you talk about American-born players."

— DeBrincat's 22nd goal of the season has him tied for the rookie-lead with Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde. DeBrincat and Kane also lead the Blackhawks with 22 goals.

Lauri Markkanen nearly 'Finnishes' in Skills Challenge against former Bull Spencer Dinwiddie

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Lauri Markkanen nearly 'Finnishes' in Skills Challenge against former Bull Spencer Dinwiddie

Los Angeles—Lauri Markkanen called himself “The Finnisher” when asked what the movie of his life would be called.

Apparently, that moniker didn’t apply to the All-Star Skills challenge as he took down the best big men but couldn’t close against a former Bull, Spencer Dinwiddie, in the final.

The contest highlights players’ ability to dribble around cones shaped like NBA logos, throwing a chest pass into a net while having to complete a layup and then 3-pointer before their opponent does.

Markkanen took down Detroit’s Andre Drummond and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid before facing off with Dinwiddie. He held a pose after hitting a triple to beat the uber confident Embiid, in what will likely be used as a memorable gif following the weekend.

His confidence doesn’t come across as blatantly as Embiid’s, but that snapshot shows he’s no humble star in the making. He didn’t even practice for the contest, by his own admission.

“I heard some of the guys did,” Markkanen said. “I didn’t do much, just before the competition, I did a little warm-up.”

Missing on the first pass attempt into the circular net in the final, it gave Dinwiddie the advantage he wouldn’t relinquish, hitting on his second 3-point attempt before Markkanen could make it downcourt to contest.

“It’s a lot harder than I’ve seen,” Markkanen said. “I thought it was gonna be super easy but it was kind of tough. Maybe I need to hold my follow through (on the pass).”

“I saw he missed (the first shot) and I started going. I thought he would’ve missed it too. I think I would’ve gotten it on the third shot.”

Being one of the multi-dimensional big men in today’s game who can be adept on the perimeter as well as the interior, it almost seems like the contest was made for Markkanen. Although he doesn’t do much handling in Fred Hoiberg’s offense, it’s clearly a skill he will develop as time goes on.

The last two winners of the skills challenge were Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis, and Markkanen was well aware of the recent trend.

“The last two years the bigs have won,” Markkanen said. “I’m kind of pissed that I couldn’t keep the streak going after (those two). I think there’s a lot of guys who can do that now, it’s why they changed the format to bigs versus smalls.”

For Dinwiddie, who was discarded by the Bulls last season after a promising start in the preseason so they could pick up R.J. Hunter, he’s taken advantage of an opportunity with Brooklyn.

“I think for Chicago it was just another series of unfortunate events,” he said. “They were in win-now mode. I was an unproven guard on a non-guaranteed contract and they felt Michael Carter-Williams gave them a better shot to win.”