MILWAUKEE -- While C.J. Watson doesnt explicitly regret returning to Sundays win at Philadelphia after spraining his left ankle in the second quarter -- his valiant fourth-quarter effort was a major reason why the Bulls staved off the 76ers -- with his injury-filled campaign, he wishes he exercised a bit more caution.
I was just playing off adrenaline, trying to get back out there. Sometimes I think it was a bad idea because my foot was worse the next day, he admitted prior to the Bulls Wednesday-morning shootaround at the Bradley Center. It still hurts a lot. I cant really put pressure on it when I walk on it, so just trying to ice it, stretch it, try to move it and do whatever I can to get back as soon as possible.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed that the backup point guard would miss Wednesdays game at Milwaukee, though he noted that Watson was doing better. Watson himself expects to return to the floor as early as Saturdays home tilt against the Jazz, if not one of next weeks primetime matchups with either New York or Miami.
If you are injured, its hard to get rest and get back on the court because the schedules so short, but everyones getting injuries, said Watson, who has also dislocated his left elbow and suffered a concussion this season. Its just part of basketball, part of the game.
If Watson takes his time in returning to the court, hell have plenty to keep him occupied away from basketball.
I have a couple of events coming up in March, said Watson, who will appear at the Public House on the night of March 13 for a March Madness event to benefit his Quiet Storm Foundation, as well as host a Black History Month Appreciation brunch at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on March 11. A black history essay contest and I have a bowling event for this girl who has brain cancer, so Im just trying to help them out and give back to the community.
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.
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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
FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES
(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
SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES
Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel
(8) Simeon vs. Curie
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.
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