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Chicago fans let Turner have it in Game 1

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Chicago fans let Turner have it in Game 1

When Evan Turner was a standout player at Ohio State, Chicagoans were proud to call him one of their own. The 6-foot-7 swingman played high school ball at St. Joseph in Westchester, Ill., and had a storied college career before the Philadelphia 76ers took him second overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.

But Turner's comments earlier in the week about how the Sixers were "dodging a bullet" in facing the Bulls over the Heat to start the playoffs have turned the Chicago faithful against him.

The 21,943 United Center fans let Turner have it when he entered the game midway through the first quarter and boos rained down from all stretches of the building every time the second-year player touched the ball.

"When you talk, they're gonna come after you," Sixers power forward Elton Brand said after the game. "The crowd came after him, the Bulls came after him."

Turner was involved in a bit of a fracas in the third quarter when he and Bulls foward Carlos Boozer bumped into each other. Players from both teams had some words for each other, including Turner and Derrick Rose, who have bad blood dating back to their high school days.

Rose, Brand and Rip Hamilton wound up with technicals and while Turner escaped unscathed, the incident only intensified the sellout crowd.

Turner, who estimated pregame that he had anywhere from 15-18 friends and family members in attendance Saturday, said the crowd didn't affect him and finished with 12 points, five assists and three rebounds in 29 minutes.

"They're not playing on the court," he said. "To tell you the truth, I only worry about my teammates and the opponent and the positive people like my family that are in the stands. I don't worry about the people not playing on the court. You can't worry about it."

All things considered, Sixers forward Thaddeus Young was proud of the way Turner took it all in stride.

"I think he handled himself real professionally," Young said. "He's just playing to play basketball and won't let anything get to him. He's not going to say anything crazy to the fans."

New odds list Bears as third most likely to land Raiders' Khalil Mack

New odds list Bears as third most likely to land Raiders' Khalil Mack

Time to fire up those unrealistic expectations, Bears fans. 

According to oddsmakers OddsShark, Chicago has the third-best odds (+350) of landing Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack -- if he were to be traded, that is: 

The two-time All-Pro's unhappiness in Oakland is well documented, and rumors of his exit have persisted all preseason. 

Mack has made an immediate impact since being drafted 5th overall in the 2014 NFL draft. Football Outsiders has ranked him as the best linebacker in the NFL each of the last two seasons. 

Mack in Chicago would be an embarassment of riches in the every sense of the word. They were one of the best defenses in the NFL last year, and that was before they took Butkus Award-winner Roquan Smith with the 8th overall pick in the draft. 

Will it happen? Probably not. Is it fun to speculate? Yes, duh, that's like 50% of what makes sports great. 

 

Bears safety Deiondre’ Hall suspended for violating NFL substance abuse policy

Bears safety Deiondre’ Hall suspended for violating NFL substance abuse policy

Deiondre' Hall's status with the Bears looks a little murkier this afternoon. 

Earlier today, the NFL released a statement announcing that Hall has been suspended one game for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. 

"Deiondre' Hall has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse," the statement read. "Hall will be eligble to return to the Bears' active roster on Monday, September 10th following the team's September 9th game against the Green Bay Packers. Hall is eligble to participate in all preseason practices and games." 

The suspension comes at a time when Hall is fighting for a roster spot: 

Hall has played in 10 games (eight in 2016, two in 2017) for the Bears since being drafted by the team in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. Through two years, he's totaled seven tackles, two passes defended and one interception.