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Word on the Street: Scott: 'I'll kick the - out of him'

Word on the Street: Scott: 'I'll kick the - out of him'

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Scott on Thornton: 'I'll kick the (bleep) out of him'

Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins received approximately 40 stitches above his eye following Tuesday's win over the Blackhawks. After the game, he labeled the Hawks as a "team that will chirp a lot." The Hawks' John Scott, apparently, took offense.
"He said that? That's fine. He can say what he wants," Scott said. "He's going after some of our littlest guys on our team to start a fight.""He's Mr. Tough Guy and he's trying to challenge Pisani. If I'm in the lineup, he's more than welcome to come chirp at me. I'll kick the (bleep) out of him." (CSNChicago.com)Sox over the Tigers in the AL Central - barely

In the AL Central section of the Chicago Tribune's 2011 baseball predictions, Phil Rogers has the White Sox finishing one game ahead of the Tigers for the division title. Meanwhile, he predicts the Twins will fall back to third place with an 86-76 record, followed by the Royals and Indians - both of whom he predicts to finish with 90-plus losses. (Chicago Tribune)
Barney to start on opening dayDarwin Barney, not Jeff Baker or Blake DeWitt, will get the opening day nod at second base, Mike Quade said Thursday. Quade said that both Baker and Barney had great springs and that Baker would likely start on Saturday against the lefty starting pitcher for the Pirates. (CSNChicago.com)Cubs to finish 3rd in 2011?

Dave van Dyck, reporter for the Chicago Tribune, laid out his predictions for the Cubs' 2011 season on Thursday. He picked the Cubs to finish third, with a record of 84-78, behind the Reds and the Cardinals. He picked the Brewers, who added top starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum to go along with Yovani Gallardo and an already-talented offense, to finish fourth. (Chicago Tribune)

Ozzie still hates Wrigley

It's an old story, Ozzie Guillen is not a fan of Wrigley Field, but today it has a new chapter. This time Guillen tweeted that Winston-Salem stadium, the Sox class-A ballpark, is nicer than the Friendly Confines.

"People in Chicago are going nuts right now; but it is, it's true," said Guillen. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Blackhawks sign Hayes

The Blackhawks signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a three-year deal on Wednesday. Hayes, who was selected by the Maple Leafs with the 60th pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and then traded to the Blackhawks in July 2010, will forego his senior year at Boston College to join the Blackhawks. His begins at the start of the 2011-2012 season. (HockeyJournal.com)

Zach LaVine puts on rare scoring display in Bulls' win over Atlanta Hawks

Zach LaVine puts on rare scoring display in Bulls' win over Atlanta Hawks

On some nights, basketball can feel pretty simple. For the Bulls’ offense — a unit in desperate need of a breakout — tonight was one of those nights.

“I told him, whenever you get it, just shoot it. No matter where you at,” Coby White said of Zach LaVine (who else?) after the Bulls routed the Hawks 136-102. “It just seems like when he gets in a rhythm, he's impossible to stop.”

At present, that sentiment resonates strongly. LaVine scorched the Hawks Wednesday night to the tune of 35 points on 12-for-15 shooting, 7-for-7 from 3-point range. And he did it all in just 25 minutes, sitting the entire fourth quarter of a resounding victory that the Bulls, mercifully, polished off early.

“You know, I get it going. And I want it to stay that way,” LaVine said. “It finally got all put together… It feels good. You wanna have wins like that. It does good for the team and obviously for the body [resting the entire fourth quarter].”

Trouncing the Hawks simultaneously snaps a three-game losing streak for the team, and a shooting funk for LaVine. He shot only 33.3% from the field on 19 attempts per game in the three games that comprised that scheid — hard-fought losses to the Warriors, Heat and Raptors. The Bulls’ total margin of defeat from those three contests was eight points.

“That's what we've been trying to put together,” LaVine said of the Hawks game. “Even though we've had our losses, we’ve been competing every game, we've had stretches where we look really good, where we look like the better team. But we're coming out with the losses.”

Not so tonight. But of course, it’s facetious to call the type of display LaVine put on ‘simple’. Every NBA game, no matter what colors the competing teams sport, features the best basketball players in the world. There are no easy nights at the office in this profession.

Which makes just how easy he can make it look all the more astounding. And all the more worth appreciating.

“Zach's efficiency obviously is just unbelievable,” Jim Boylen said. “He wants to be great, and he's working, and his habits are good. So I'm happy for him.”

LaVine joins a list of only 13 players in NBA history to score 35 points in 25 minutes of play with this performance, including Ben Gordon and *drum roll* Michael Jordan. He is also now the 20th player in league history to shoot 100% on 3-pointers on seven or more attempts in a game. When he’s on, it’s a spectacle. Appointment television.

But, for LaVine, the focus remains on the team. And the future.

“I don't think every game's gonna be like this, obviously,” he said. “But we need to have more of them.”

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine drops 35 in blowout win over Hawks

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine drops 35 in blowout win over Hawks

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine, and David Watson react to the Bulls 136-102 win over the Hawks

0:45 - Reaction to blowout win over Hawks, no cookies though?

3:30 - Viewer comments on Matt being angry, and admitting being wrong on LaVine

5:00 - Zach LaVine highlites by Big Dave

8:10 - On Denzel Valentine and the potential for starting

9:35 - Viewer comment asking for Coby White to start, Matt gets annoyed

10:05 - Viewer comment on trading for Michael Porter Jr

11:30 - Viewer comment on Denzel Valentine in 3-point contest

14:30 - Viewer comment making fun of Sabine’s Cowboys

15:15 - Viewer comment on Markkanen

17:15 - On Otto Porter Jr and missing at least another month

20:55 - Viewer comment on LaVine being the most athletic player in the NBA

23:30 - Viewer comment on Kris Dunn

24:30 - What was your life ‘It’s Over’ moment when you were overconfident?

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