Sixers feel for Rose, still view Bulls as threat


Sixers feel for Rose, still view Bulls as threat

It seemed the importance of Saturdays Game 1 Bulls win over the Philadelphia 76ers took a back seat for both clubs as they waited to hear word on the status of Derrick Rose.

Just two hours after the leagues reigning MVP collapsed to the floor gripping his left knee with 1:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, it was learned that he was done for the postseason and out even longer with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Not even 24 hours after the news on Rose was delivered, the Sixers were back on the same United Center Floor where Rose walked off with the help of trainers trying to get their minds back on basketball, but with obvious remorse for their opponent.

I think everyone on our team and organization is sick to their stomachs today about what happened to that young guy, said Sixers coach Doug Collins. I was in contact with Pax Bulls VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson last night, Jerry Reinsdorf and Thibs, just letting them know how we feel about the young guy. Hes everything thats right about the NBA and I know hes heartbroken about not being able to be a part of this.

Evan Turner and Rose have had a rivalry since their high school days, but even that has taken a backseat and even the Chicago native appreciates competition and the point guards talents.

I think its a blow, obviously, to their team but also to the NBA, said Turner, who was booed every time he touched the ball in Game 1 for his comments before the start of the series. Hes one of the exciting players and he wanted to help his country over the summer during the 2012 Olympics. To see anybody get that injury, its a crazy recovery process. My middle school teammate Iman Shumpert got hurt too and you hate to see that happen to anybody or see pain on their face from an injury. Thats tough and never fun. Theyre both tough guys and I think it will make them stronger, but once again, its just a blow to the game of basketball.

Andre Iguodala, who was teammates with Rose on Team USA during the 2010 FIBA World Championship, was also sad to see him go down.

He plays such a big role for his team and the biggest thing is just hoping a guy recovers fully and gets back to form because things like that can put doubt in a guys mind on when he would get back, he said. Hopefully hes confident and with the technology now, hell be back at full strength.

The Bulls' game plan will change somewhat with Rose out, but the Sixers are as aware as anyone about the teams ability to win without their best player as Chicagos identity has been built on the strength of their defense and rebounding.

The thing about the Bulls and my concern is if can we score against them, said Collins. We shot 36 percent in Game 1, so they can beat you with their defense and rebounding. Thats how they won a lot of games. Were going to have to be much more efficient offensively than we were yesterday. We had some fast breaks that we didnt cash in on, we had some open shots that we missed but they do such a good job.

"I felt coming into this series that we were going to have to score 90 points to have a chance to win. We got 91 yesterday but our defense was not up to the standards of where we want it to be and the second chance points really hurt us. We have to do a better job. We have to get 90 to 95 points in my mind to beat this team.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.

Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.

Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.

0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period

2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life

5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line

6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns

9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford

11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through

15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on

17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance

18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?

22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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Controversial calls played a large part in the Detroit Lions NFC North loss on Monday night


Controversial calls played a large part in the Detroit Lions NFC North loss on Monday night

The Green Bay Packers managed to pull off a dramatic comeback victory on Monday night, defeating the Detroit Lions 23-22 on a last-second field goal from Mason Crosby. But after the game, it wasn't Aaron Rodgers usual clutch ways that people were talking about, it was the officiating crew, who had two controversial hands to the face penalty calls against the Lions that all but killed any momentum they had going. 

As you can see in the clip above, both hands to the face calls seemed questionable at best, and downright ludicrous at worst. What makes the calls so tough is the timing. The first hands to the face penalty on Lions DE Trey Flowers came after he sacked Rodgers on third-and-10 and the penalty both took away the sack and provided the Pack with an automatic first down. Later in the drive, Rodgers dropped in a great 35-yard touchdown pass to bring Green Bay within two points 

The second questionable hands to the face call came on third-and-4 and it was the most costly call of the game. The Packers received another automatic first down and ran down the clock—Detroit was out of timeouts—to set up the eventual game-winning, walk-off field goal from Crosby. 

And it didn't take long for many people, everyone from former NFL greats to NFL reporters, to chime in on social media with their thoughts on the officiating that seemingly cost Detroit a crucial win. 

With the Green Bay win, the Lions moved to last-place in the NFC North, while the Bears now sit 2.5 games back of first place heading into their Week 7 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.