Collins still in Thibodeau's corner on Rose injury


Collins still in Thibodeau's corner on Rose injury

Immediately following the catastrophic injury to Derrick Rose late in Game 1 Saturday, Doug Collins was quick to defend Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and his decision to leave Rose in the game.

He hasn't changed his tune in the last three days.

The 76ers head coach backed Thibodeau again in his session with the media prior to Tuesday's Game 2.

"Coaches never forget games," Collins said. "Tom Thibodeau was part of a game in '04 with the Houston Rockets when Tracy McGrady scored 13 points in 35 seconds and beat the Spurs 81-80.

"As a coach, you never forget those games. So sometimes when you're gauging on who should be out in the game and who shouldn't be, coaches know what they need to do.

"And that's why, with Thibs, it would be very, very unfair to throw any criticism his way of Derrick Rose being hurt. Had he gotten hurt in the first minute of the game, nothing would be said. We have long memories as a coach... When you have games like that, you never forget them."

Collins wasn't kidding (watch the video below). His recollection of the eight-year-old game was spot on. Thibodeau was an assistant coach with the Rockets at the time.

On Saturday, the Bulls had a 95-75 lead with 4:35 left in the game. The Sixers clawed their way back and nearly pulled within single digits. The last chance Thibodeau could have pulled Rose was with 1:53 left in the game when Luol Deng lost the ball out of bounds. That was the last stoppage in play prior to Rose's ACL injury, roughly a half-minute before the occurence.

At the time, the Sixers were in the midst of a 10-4 run and threatening to make a game of it.

Collins also suggested that if Thibodeau were to have taken Rose out and the lead slipped away completely, it would have been hard to get the reigning MVP back in the game mentally.

"I err on the side sometimes of keeping guys in the game too long because I know if you ever take a guy out of the game with a big lead and it slips away, you can't bring them back because they shut it down once they go out," Collins said. "It's just human nature for a pro athlete. That's what they do."

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: Completing regular season 'may not be possible'

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: Completing regular season 'may not be possible'

When the NHL announced on March 12 that the 2019-20 season would be put on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commissioner Gary Bettman said the goal is to resume play and award the Stanley Cup at some point. And that remains true as we approach the one-month mark of the hiatus.

But in an interview on Tuesday with NBC Sports Network's Mike Tirico on "Lunch Talk Live,” Bettman acknowledged that completing an 82-game season might not be in the cards.

"Everything we do needs to be fair," Bettman said. "The best thing, and the easiest thing, would be if, at some point, we could complete the regular season and then go into the playoffs as we normally do. We understand that that may not be possible, and that's why we're considering every conceivable alternative to deal with whatever the eventuality is. It doesn't even pay to speculate because nobody in any of the sports knows enough now to make those profound decisions."

Bettman said the NHL is discussing every possible option, and nothing appears to be off limits. That includes playing well into the summer, which Bettman said would be feasible as far as ice conditions go.

But it's still too early to tell what's going to happen, and Bettman is hoping there will be more clarity by the end of April.

"From an NHL standpoint, we're viewing all of our options," Bettman said. "We want to be ready to go as soon as we get a green light. And the green light may not be crystal clear because there may still be some places in the [U.S. and Canada] where we can't play and other places where you can.

"We're looking at all options. Nothing's been ruled in, nothing's been ruled out. And it's largely going to be determined what we do by how much time there is because we have next season to focus on, as well, and the health of the countries."

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MLB The Show sim: Lucas Giolito doesn't have ace stuff vs. Mariners

MLB The Show sim: Lucas Giolito doesn't have ace stuff vs. Mariners

NBC Sports Chicago is simulating the 2020 White Sox season via MLB The Show during the postponement of play. The White Sox, stocked with young talent and veteran offseason acquisitions, were expected to take a big step forward in their rebuild this season. Follow along as we play out the first few months of the season.

As the ace of the White Sox, Lucas Giolito looked to right the ship against the Mariners after the South Siders dropped the opener on Monday. Unfortunately for Chicago, Giolito did not have his top-of-the-rotation stuff.

The Mariners broke the seal vs. Giolito in the second. With two outs in the inning, J.P. Crawford lined a two-out double over the head of Edwin Encarnacion to drive in a pair and give Seattle a 2-1 lead. In the third, Daniel Vogelbach absolutely demolished a middle-of-the-zone fastball 444 feet to center field for a two-run blast, putting the Mariners ahead 4-1.

Giolito could not stop the bleeding in the fourth. Mitch Haniger slapped an RBI-double down the left field line to extend the lead to 6-1 and that was all she wrote for the White Sox ace. The run scored on Vogelbach’s bloop single later in the inning was also attributed to Giolito, who finished the day allowing seven earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings of work.

Meanwhile, the White Sox potent offense was largely quieted once again by Mariners pitching. Eloy Jimenez and Yasmani Grandal extended their hit streaks to 10 and 8 games, respectively. Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson and Edwin Encarnacion all collected solo homers but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

Result: Mariners def. White Sox 7-4

Record: 6-5, third in AL Central (0.5 GB of Indians)

W: Taijuan Walker (1-1)

L: Lucas Giolito (1-1)

SV: Yoshihisa Hurano (2)

White Sox lineup

  1. Tim Anderson: 1-5, HR (2), RBI (.354 BA)

  2. Yoan Moncada: 0-5 (.292 BA)

  3. Jose Abreu: 1-5, HR (3), RBI (.260 BA)

  4. Edwin Encarnacion: 3-4, HR (3), RBI (.289 BA)

  5. Yasmani Grandal: 1-4 (.326 BA)

  6. Eloy Jimenez: 1-4 (.268 BA)

  7. Luis Robert: 0-2, 2 BB (.167 BA)

  8. Nomar Mazara: 1-4, RBI (.200 BA)

  9. Leury Garcia: 1-4 (.217 BA)

Scoring summary

Bottom first

  • Jose Abreu homered to right. 1-0 CHW.

Top second

  • J.P. Crawford doubled to right. Carlos Gonzalez scored. Dom Thompson-Williams scored. 2-1 SEA.

Top third

  • Daniel Vogelbach homered to center. Mallex Smith scored. 4-1 SEA.

Top fourth

  • Mallex Smith grounded out to shortstop. J.P. Crawford scored. 5-1 SEA

  • Mitch Haniger doubled to left. Dylan Moore scored. 6-1 SEA

  • Daniel Vogelbach singled to left. Mitch Haniger scored. 7-1 SEA

Bottom fifth

  • Tim Anderson homered to left. 7-2 SEA

Bottom sixth

  • Edwin Encarnacion homered to left. 7-3 SEA

Bottom eighth

  • Nomar Mazara singled to left. Edwin Encarnacion scored. 7-4 SEA

Notable performance: At this stage in Encarnacion’s career, the 37-year-old wasn’t expected to be a centerpiece of the White Sox offense. However, through 11 games, there doesn’t seem to be much dropoff in Encarnacion’s play. After a three-hit day vs. the Mariners, the vet has three home runs and five RBIs with a .437 on-base percentage this season.

Next game: Wednesday, April 8 - Game 12: Mariners at White Sox (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0, 11.00 ERA vs. Dallas Keuchel, 0-1, 10.80 ERA)