Day games could be a problem for the Bulls


Day games could be a problem for the Bulls

While the Bulls are projected to come out ahead of the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs, their stats show they have another challenge to face during the postseason. Day games have proven to take a giant hit in Chicago's playing ability.

That brings us to Saturday's Game 1, taking place at noon at the United Center. Reigning MVP Derrick Rose continues to try to rediscover his rhythm, and without his top-notch athleticism, could the Bulls face some difficulties early on?

Here's a look at Chicago's day-time record during the regular season:

DateTimeW-L, Score
OpponentDec. 24
4:00 PM
Win, 88-87
LakersJan. 16
12:00 PM
Loss, 102-86
GrizzliesJan. 29
2:30 PM
Loss 97-93
HeatFeb. 12
2:30 PM
Loss 95-91
CelticsFeb. 18
3:00 PM
Loss 97-85
NetsFeb. 20
3:00 PM
Win, 90-79
HawksApril 1
12:00 PM
Loss, 92-78
ThunderApril 1
12:00 PM
Loss, 100-99

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

Scott Changnon

Podcast: Cubs pass the first test in midst of crucial stretch

On the latest CubsTalk Podcast Scott Changnon and Tony Andracki discuss the state of the Cubs offense, the value of Javy Baez and Addison Russell and what it means now that the starting rotation looks to be finding its form.

With 17 games in 17 days (most of which come against contending teams), the Cubs started things off right with a series victory in St. Louis.

Listen to the entire podcast here:

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Quinn Hughes

Position: Defenseman
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 170 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"He's got the puck skills, is a good skater, and is a guy with some high-end offensive talent. He wants to get right in there and play where it's hard and where you get rewarded. When he gets that puck on his stick, he wants to bury it."

NHL player comparable: Torey Krug/Kris Letang

Fit for Blackhawks:

It's no secret the Blackhawks are looking to restock their pipeline with some high-end defensemen. Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell are on the way. But the former isn't a lock to be a full-time NHLer this season and the latter will continue playing in college for the 2018-19 season.

Hughes, who shined at Michigan and the IIHF World Championship with Team USA, would have the best chance of the three to crack the Blackhawks lineup first. The problem is, he likely won't be available at No. 8, so if Hughes is the guy they're locked in on, they'd need to trade up to grab him. 

If they did that, Hughes would give the Blackhawks a third blue line prospect they can get excited about. He's a left-handed shot, which evens out the balance in the system, and he would become a prime candidate to eventually replace Duncan Keith as the team's No. 1 defenseman.