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ICYMI: Bulls split two tight ones with Hawks; Blackhawks fall further back in playoff race

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ICYMI: Bulls split two tight ones with Hawks; Blackhawks fall further back in playoff race

The Bulls had an epic four-OT thriller in Atlanta and then played another one down the wire against the Hawks two days later while the Blackhawks slipped further behind in the playoff race.

Bulls

The Bulls played one of the most epic games in recent memory on Friday night. They beat the Atlanta Hawks in four overtimes (not one, not two, not three...). Some wild numbers came from the 168-161 Bulls win, including Trae Young joining rarified air with his stats.

As if that wasn't enough Bulls-Hawks basketball, the two teams met in Chicago on Sunday. This one also went down to the wire, but this time the Hawks got the win.

In other news, the playoff eliglbility waiver deadline passed with Robin Lopez still on the Bulls. No buyout for him.

Blackhawks

The Blackhawks' playoff hopes are on life support after a rough weekend in California. The Kings, which entered Saturday's game with a 10-game losing streak, beat the Blackhawks 6-3. A forgettable start and a sloppy defensive effort doomed the Blackhawks in the loss.

A day later, the Blackhawks dropped a 5-2 game at the Sharks. At the end of the day, the Blackhawks sit eight points out of a playoff spot with 16 games left on the schedule.

Bears

The NFL Combine continued this weekend. Matt Nagy talked about the state of the Bears' offensive line, among other things. John Mullin had more Bears-related observations from Indianapolis. Also, a wide receiver prospect got compared to Kevin White (Is that a good thing?) due to his combine showing.

ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

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ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

Eloy Jimenez looks set to make his White Sox return this week, Javier Báez exited Sunday's game with a minor injury and is it time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft? Here's what you may have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

White Sox

All indications point towards Eloy Jimenez returning to the White Sox this week, as the rookie outfielder was not in Triple-A Charlotte's lineup on Sunday. Jimenez's return comes just in time, as the White Sox play two of the best teams in baseball this week.

Manny Banuelos went on the injured list last week, though his stay on the shelf might be brief. Who starts in Banuelos' place on Monday is still uncertain.

The White Sox aren't getting what they expected from Ivan Nova so far, but Lucas Giolito has been tremendous. Giolito spun another good start on Saturday; what's behind his resurgence?

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss James McCann's breakout season.

Cubs

Javier Báez exited Sunday's game against the Nationals with a right heel contusion, though he could be back in the lineup on Monday.

Jon Lester's hot streak came to an end on Saturday, though the bigger story from the game is the Cubs questioning if Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle's delivery is legal.

The Cubs put on a home run derby vs. the Nationals on Friday. The team also used the same 1-5 hitters all weekend; here's why the group is worth sticking with for the foreseeable future.

Former Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano made his return to the mound over the weekend with the independent Chicago Dogs.

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer and NBC Sports Chicago producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen breakdown Monday's matchup between Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta.

Other

NBC Sports Chicago's Mark Schanowski wonders if it's time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft.

Mark Strotman breaks down potential options for the Bulls at No. 7 in Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver and Duke's Cam Reddish.

In the latest Blackhawks mailbag, Charlie Roumeliotis discusses Blackhawks trade probabilities and playoff chances in 2019-20.

ICYMI: Cubs continue winning ways; Eloy Jimenez making strides in injury recovery; potential Blackhawks offseason targets

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ICYMI: Cubs continue winning ways; Eloy Jimenez making strides in injury recovery; potential Blackhawks offseason targets

The Cubs won two of three games against the Brewers, Eloy Jimenez took a positive step in his recovery from a high ankle sprain and who might the Blackhawks target this offseason? Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Cubs

The Cubs continued their winning ways, taking two of three games from the Brewers. Saturday's game took 15 innings to complete, highlighted by Willson Contreras' walk-off home run and Tyler Chatwood's performance out of the bullpen. The unsung hero of the game, though? David Bote.

Wrigley Field is still a special place for former Cubs coach and current Brewers hitting coach Andy Haines. Plus, are the Brewers better at shifting against the Cubs than other teams are?

Over the weekend, Daniel Descalso returned to the starting lineup and Xavier Cedeño made his Cubs debut. Here's how Cedeño's addition affects the Cubs bullpen. In other bullpen news, Carl Edwards Jr. seems to be a late-inning option for Joe Maddon again.

Friday, Jose Quintana pitched another solid game despite getting little support from the Cubs' offense. Before the game, though Addison Russell walked back his comments about how Cubs fans will/are reacting to his return to the team.

White Sox

Across town, Eloy Jimenez took a big step in his recovery from a high right ankle sprain. Jimenez went through baserunning drills during pregame on Friday and Saturday.

Tim Anderson and Randal Grichuk met on the field for the first time since their Twitter beef regarding bat flipping. Both players hit home runs, ironically.

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Frank Thomas and Bill Melton share real life stories about baseball, from on the field experiences to off of it.

Other

NBC Sports Chicago's Blackhawks beat writer Charlie Roumeliotis answers fan questions in the latest Blackhawks mailbag.

Fans should root for the Bulls to land the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, says Bulls Outsider Dave Watson. Watson and fellow Outsiders Matt Peck and John Sabine joined Mark Schanowski on the latest Bulls Talk Podcast.

One participant from the Bears' rookie minicamp kicking competition detailed what the experience was like.