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In the Post: Asik, Johnson shutting down the paint

In the Post: Asik, Johnson shutting down the paint

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010
12:27 AM

By Aggrey Sam

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau played 11 players in the win, including Omer Asik and James Johnson, the two heroes from Saturdays comeback win. Asik, in particular, stood out, putting up six points, snatching seven boards, blocking three shots and forming a formidable interior duo with Noah before fouling out.

I liked what Omer did when he was in there. I thought he and Joakim, their size is a factor and the paint gets shut down or its more difficult to score and then we had some guys who probably played shorter minutes because of their foulsthe length up front with Omer and Joakim has been good, said Thibodeau. We need everybody. A lot of its going to be determined by matchups. I have a lot of confidence in our bench. I think we have a quality bench, so if someone goes down with injury or theres foul trouble.

--Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge continued his trend of playing well in Chicago, scoring 33 points and grabbing nine rebounds against the team that originally drafted him in 2006 before immediately shipping him to Portland in order to acquire the departed Tyrus Thomas.

Its always in the back of your mind, but I think Im past that. They made that decision, but Im always thinking about it a little bit, said Aldridge. Ive just been trying to find my rhythm and finally found it tonight, but overall, I just made some tough shots.

Aldridge had a big night and I thought his catches were a little bit too easy, said Thibodeau. Hes a tough cover because hes got the high release, great touch, post game, he reads defenseshes a tough matchup.

Aldridge also shared his thoughts on the Bulls afterwards: Theyre going to get Carlos Boozer back, Derrick Rose is playing great this year, I think their young guys are getting better Gibson is playing bigger, Noah is playing bigger out there so I think theyre going to be good.

--A quick note on Blazers reserve swingman Rudy Fernandez, the subject of much interest in Chicago. In just under 22 minutes of play off the bench, the Spaniard shot 3-for-10 from the field including 0-for-6 from deep; Portland shot 0-for-14 as a team from three-point distance for six points on the evening. He also committed five fouls and four turnovers.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.coms Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin


(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.