Mike Smith's ignored all the boos (hey, Raffi Torres is unavailable) and had a big-time first period to keep the Blackhawks off the board.
Since our first entry - add prime opportunities on a sequence in which he made an initial stop on a Viktor Stalberg slapper and a Jonathan Toews rebound, then swallowing up another. Corey Crawford's seen limited shots, but one was a great chance by Adrian Aucoin jumping in with a big slapshot from te right circle, and Niklas Hjalmarsson was there to poke away the rebound before another Coyote got to it. Keith Yandle found iron with about three minutes left as well.
A real strong opening period - possibly their best 20 minutes of the series, but the Hawks are still looking to get something past the Pheonix goalie.
The Bears released their latest injury report this Wednesday, with some more notable names added to the list, including running back David Montgomery and tight end Trey Burton.
In a new development, David Montgomery had limited participation in Wednesday’s practice due to an ankle injury. The cause or severity of the injury is unknown at this time.
Trey Burton DNP in Wednesday’s practice due to a calf injury he suffered during Sunday’s matchup against the Lions. He was previously on the injured list in October due to a groin injury, becoming a full participant in practice during Week 10.
Danny Trevathan is still unable to participate in practice after leaving Week 10’s game during the first quarter due to a gruesome elbow injury. There has yet to be an official update from the Bears on the severity of Trevathan’s injury, but Nagy didn’t seem particularly optimistic on during Monday’s press conference following the game, admitting Trevathan could potentially join Akiem Hicks on IR depending on the results of his MRI.
Isaiah Irving also DNP due to a quad injury. He has been on the injured list since Week 9.
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Here’s your random, surprising and somewhat meaningless thing of the day: Kevin Durant wore a Bulls Toni Kukoc jersey in a gym.
This isn’t reason to start “KD to the Bulls” speculation, but it is a weird, cool thing that came out of nowhere.
Kukoc was 6-foot-11 and primarily made his living on the perimeter as a sharpshooter. He shot 40.3% from 3-point range during the Bulls’ 72-win season in 1995-96.
Durant, 31, would have been young and impressionable just as Kukoc was entering his prime with the Bulls during those years. He also has grown into having a similar profile as a big man playing on the perimeter. From that perspective, it’s reasonable to think Durant looked up to Kukoc from a young age. Durant will also wear No. 7, Kukoc's number with the Bulls, when he eventually comes back from injury and suits up for the Nets.
It’s still a bit jarring to see one of the best players in the NBA repping someone from a previous era who never made an All-Star team.
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