In the absence of injured starter Rip Hamilton, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau opted to start backup shooting guard Marco Belinelli in place of the accomplished veteran, keeping second-year swingman Jimmy Butler in his familiar bench role. Belinelli scored six points in just over 24 minutes of action, while Butler scored four points, but snagged nine rebounds and played the entire fourth quarter, including helping spark a run, along with Nate Robinson that gave the Bulls the lead in the final frame.
We have more than enough, Thibodeau said afterwards, delivering one of his trademark phrases. I thought Marco gave us some good minutes, Jimmy gave us some good minutes. We have enough. We have to do better.
Belinelli was serviceable, in the sense that he didnt make obvious mistakesthough missing his first two free-throw attempts didnt exactly get him off to a great startand Butler definitely picked up his play late, but neither provided what Hamilton, a 13.9 points-per-game scorer, brings to the table. In a defensive struggle, the 34-year-old veterans ability to score against a set defense, as well as in transition, was sorely missed.
Rip definitely helps us a lot, but no excuses, Joakim Noah said. It was a game that was definitely winnable. We let it slip away.
Nate Robinson added: It was tough. His presence is missed, but at the same time, Marco came in. He played his expletive off and every guys going to be ready to play. When somebody goes down, well have another guy to step in and Marco did a hell of a job tonight.
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Head coach: Bill Mitz
Assistant coaches: Bubba Smith, Mike Warren, Brian Zimmerman, JM Foote, Ryan Arndt and Bob Mackey
How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-3 Fox Valley Conference). Jacobs made the Class 7A playoff field. The Golden Eagles lost to Lincoln-Way West in opening round action.
2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 Hampshire
Aug. 31 @ Huntley
Sept. 7 Dundee-Crown
Sept. 14 @ McHenry
Sept. 21 Neuqua Valley
Sept. 28 Prairie Ridge
Oct. 5 @ Cary-Grove
Oct. 12 Crystal Lake South
Oct. 19 @ Crystal Lake Central
Biggest storyline: Can the Golden Eagles move up in the Fox Valley Conference pecking order in 2018?
Names to watch this season: OT Joacheim Price and OL Nick Zonta
Biggest holes to fill: The Golden Eagles will need to replace its entire starting linebacker group from a season ago.
EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out, Jacobs is always a factor in the rugged Fox Valley Conference (seven playoff appearances in the last eight years). The Golden Eagles return some starters in several key spots. If the underclassmen group can step up this summer, look for Jacobs to challenge for the FVC conference title and a higher seed in 7A come IHSA playoff time.
Carlos Rodon's return to the South Side is coming soon.
The top-five draft pick recovering from last fall's shoulder surgery made his first rehab start Saturday with Class A Kannapolis and threw well. Rodon allowed just one run on three hits in his five innings of work, striking out six and walking none.
The White Sox announced Sunday that Rodon's second rehab start will come Thursday with Triple-A Charlotte.
As for the exact date Rodon returns to the big league roster, it's unknown at this point. General manager Rick Hahn said that Rodon will make multiple rehab starts. One might look to the pitcher's recovery from a spring injury last year as a guide. Rodon made four rehab starts in June before debuting with the White Sox on June 28.
This recovery is different, of course. Rodon is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on May 28.