Two Bulls voted among NBA's best pure shooters


Two Bulls voted among NBA's best pure shooters

Sports Illustrated recently asked 146 NBA players who they think is the best pure shooter in the league, then posted the results in a photo gallery.

The top two players on the list are no surprise. Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics was voted the best pure shooter in the NBA with Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki No. 2.

Bulls sharpshooter Kyle Korver came in No. 3. In 2011-12, Korver made 178 of 412 field goal attempts for 43.2 percent and made 118 of 271 3-pointers for 43.5 percent.

Anthony Morrow (New Jersey Nets), Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), James Jones (Miami Heat), Jason Kapono (Los Angeles Lakers), Steve Novak (New York Knicks), Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic), Wesley Johnson (Minnesota Timberwolves), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks also were among the top-15 to receive votes.

Korver wasn't the only Bull on the list, however, as point guard Derrick Rose came in at No. 15. Rose shot 302 of 695 (43.5 percent) from the field and 54 for 173 (31.2 percent) from behind the arc in 39 games while battling several injuries in the regular season. Those numbers were down from his MVP campaign in 2010-11, when he shot 44.5 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from 3-point territory.

Do you agree with these rankings? Are either of them surprising to you? Let us know by commenting below.

NFC Wild Card Race: What Bears fans should be watching in Week 14

NFC Wild Card Race: What Bears fans should be watching in Week 14

The Bears did their part to keep their playoff hopes alive on Thursday night with a 31-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, thanks in large part to quarterback Mitch Trubisky's best game as a pro. But a slow start to the 2019 season and a 7-6 record means they still need a bunch of help to get into the post-season.

The Minnesota Vikings (8-4) currently have possession of the final NFC wild card and should maintain their position after facing the Detroit Lions (3-8-1) on Sunday.

Detroit is an absolute mess. Third-string quarterback David Blough will make the second start of his career, and while he had some encouraging moments against the Bears on Thanksgiving Day, the Vikings (unlike Chicago, who found out he was starting just moments before the game) have had a full week to prepare for him. Expect a bunch of turnovers.

It would be nothing short of a miracle if Minnesota blows this one. Expect the Vikings to move to 9-4 and keep hold of their 1.5-game lead over the Bears.

The other key matchup Bears fans should have an eye on in Week 14 is the Los Angeles Rams (7-5) vs. Seattle Seahawks (10-2). The Rams own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Chicago because of their 17-7 win in Week 11, which means Los Angeles has to lose two of their final four games against Seattle, Dallas, San Francisco and Arizona (and that's assuming the Bears win-out).

The Rams should have little trouble defeating the Cowboys and Cardinals, so it's critical Seattle gives Bears fans one of those two necessary L.A. losses.

Lastly, the Green Bay Packers (9-3) take on the Washington Redskins (3-9). Believe it or not, a Packers loss keeps hope alive for the Bears and an NFC North championship. A Redskins victory is highly unlikely, but they weren't supposed to defeat the Panthers last week, either.

It's pretty simple: Wins by the Lions, Seahawks and Redskins will make Week 15's game against the Packers one of the biggest regular-season games in a very, very long time.

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Javon Wims pretended to be a fan and discussed Week 14 injury with driver

Javon Wims pretended to be a fan and discussed Week 14 injury with driver

Javon Wims left the Bears' Week 14 victory over the Cowboys in the second quarter with an apparent knee injury.

The severity of the injury was unknown at the time, but fortunately, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Friday that it's "nothing major."

Saturday afternoon, Wims posted a rather comical exchange between himself and a car driver (presumably an Uber driver, though that's not confirmed), wherein he discussed his injury as if he was just another fan. 

"Nah he's not too bad," Wims assured the driver, after the driver said he hoped Wims wasn't seriously hurt. "I think he'll be alright... You know, I was at that game, so I saw him walk off. He walked off pretty gingerly, but it looked like he was okay. 

"That kid got a bright future ahead of him, he got all the intangibles," Wims continued. 

The two shared a laugh when Wims revealed his true identity. Wims' status for next week's matchup with the Packers isn't clear at the moment, but it's nice to see him making lemonade out of lemons for the time being.

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