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Word on the Street: Professor Korver?

Word on the Street: Professor Korver?

Monday, April 25, 2011
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Korver: new Bulls shooting teacher?

Is Kyle Korver putting in hours as a Bulls shooting coach?
According to Fred Mitchell of Chicago Breaking Sports, and several players, yes.

Hes a phenomenal shooter. He helps some of us work on our jump-shooting, Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. He works with us, even after practice."

Korver is willing to share his knowledge of the proper shooting techniques and mechanics with his teammates. Gibson went on to say that Korver gives critiques on how to adjust his teammate's shots and help them go in. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Lakers' Caracter shoved cashier

Los Angeles Lakers forward Derrick Caracter was arrested in New Oreans on Sunday for public drunkenness. The 22-year-old was also booked for shoving a cashier at a pancake restaurant and resisting arrest.

According to police, Caracter grabbed and shoved the cashier at an International House of Pancakes after he was refused service and became beliigerent. The cahsier was not injured.

Caracter was freed later Sunday morning on 1,000 bond. (Chicago Breaking Sports)
DeAngelo Hall calls Cutler a 'clown'

DeAngelo Hall joined 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. for an interview to comment on last year's Albert Haynesworth vs. Mike Shanahan saga, and Jay Cutler came up in the course of the conversation. Hall happily recalled picking off Cutler four times during last season's Week 7 win over the Bears.

"Man, Ive never had more than two interceptions in a game, so to go out and get four in a half, I was like man, this is unreal! Im on the sideline like wow, this is pretty amazing!

Hall also had choice words for Cutler saying, "Jay is definitely a clown." (SportsRadioInterviews.com)

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back against Panthers

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back against Panthers

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Florida Panthers Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

(Reminder: Use #AskEdzo on social media and your questions may be answered by Eddie Olczyk, who will be in studio along with Adam Burish, Brian Campbell and Pat Boyle).

1. Another fast start coming?

The Blackhawks had one of their best starts of the season Wednesday in Tampa Bay, and the numbers favor Chicago to dictate the pace of play early again.

The Panthers are tied with the Buffalo Sabres for the fewest goals scored in the first period (13), and have taken a lead into the second period only four times (3-1-0) in 21 games. They are 2-7-1 in the 10 games they've trailed after the opening frame.

The Blackhawks, on the other hand, are tied for fourth when it comes to first-period goals (22) — albeit, five of them came on Opening Night against Pittsburgh — but they are just 4-2-2 in eight games when leading after one period. In fact, they took a 2-0 lead into the second in their most recent game against the Lightning and lost in overtime 3-2.

So while a fast start could certainly be in the cards, the finish must also be there.

2. Take advantage on special teams.

The Panthers are one of two teams ranked among the bottom six in both power play percentage (26th at 16.0) and penalty kill percentage (30th at 73.2).

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are coming in hot in both areas. They're 6-for-17 (35.3 percent) on the man advantage in their last four games, and own the fourth-best penalty kill unit (84.8 percent).

This is the area to exploit for the Blackhawks going into the matchup, and it could decide the game.

3. Feed Lance Bouma!

In his seventh season, Bouma has faced every NHL team at least five times in his career, with the exception of Vegas (pointless in one game this season).

Bouma is not known for his offensive prowess (72 points in 325 career games), but it's a different story when he plays Florida.

In six career games against the Panthers, Bouma has one goal, six assists and a career-high plus-8 rating. That one goal also happens to be one of his six career game winners.

Florida is the only team Bouma is averaging at least a point-per-game against for his career, so you know what that means: Feed No. 17!

Did Steve Kerr troll the Bulls?

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Did Steve Kerr troll the Bulls?

With Kevin Durant (ankle) and Draymond Green (rest) out, the Golden State Warriors had two starting forward positions open for Friday's game against the Bulls.

One of the two starters who replaced them? Jordan Bell. Does his name ring one, too?

Selected by the Bulls with the 38th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Bell was eventually traded to the Warriors in exchange for cash considerations.

The Oregon product hasn't played much this season for the defending champs, averaging just 3.2 points and 8.3 minutes in 12 games, but he made his first career start against ... his "former" team. Coincidence?

Warriors coach Steve Kerr (jokingly) explained why he gave the 22-year-old rookie the nod in the lineup.

Prior to the game, Bell also had this to say about his trade:

Bell couldn't have played better in his first career start. In 26 minutes, he recorded seven points, six rebounds, six blocks and four assists in a 143-94 Warriors win over the Bulls at Oracle Arena.