Hello sports fans, Carlos here again with your Windy City Sports Report. In this issue, how are the Bulls looking in preseason? Are the Bears sleeping in the den? Is the ice melted for the Blackhawks?
On Tuesday, the Bulls were at home to face the Milwaukee Bucks. Nate Robinson started for Kirk Hinrich, who did not play due to a sore thumb, and he played flawless basketball. He led the Bulls with 24 points and 13 assists, and more importantly, zero turnovers. Rip Hamilton pitched in 23 points and 3 steals in a 100-94 victory.
The Bulls pretty much controlled the game, but in the 4th quarter the Bucks used a 14-4 run to pull within 3. The Bulls withstood the run, however, and went on to the win.
The Bulls big men came through for the Bulls. Joakim Noah scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while his backup Nazr Mohammed scored 9 points (8 during a 17-2 run early in the 2nd quarter), pulled down 2 boards and had a steal.
After a couple of days off, the Bulls took on the Kevin Love-less Minnesota Timberwolves. Love, the T-Wolves All Star player, broke his hand doing push ups ON HIS KNUCKLES! The Bulls came away with a 92-81 victory.
Carlos Boozer had one of those games that make him attractive, leading the Bulls with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Of course, Bulls fans expect him to disappear in his next game, but I digress. Rip Hamilton added 15 points, Luol Deng scored 14 points, and Taj Gibson had 12 points and 11 rebounds coming off the bench in a game the Bulls never trailed.
This was a total team effort, a game that head coach Tom Thibodeau loves and expects his team to play.
So far this preseason, Rip Hamilton looks better than he did at all last season. The condensed season just did not allow for Rip to recover from various injuries. He looks healthy and is running around the way fans are used to seeing Rip move. We will see how his season progresses with normal time off and more practice time.
Before the game, the Bulls’ star player, Derrick Rose, was spotted taking jumpers with the T-Wolves other star, Ricky Rubio. Both are recovering from serious knee injuries, and the sight of the both of them shooting baskets surely raises hopes for both fan bases. They were also chatting a bit, possibly comparing rehab notes.
Over on Lake Shore Drive, the Chicago Bears are in hibernation mode. They had a bye week last week, and do not play until tonight against the Detroit Lions. The other teams in the division, the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, won their games so the Bears need a victory to keep their grip on first place.
Well, it is October 22nd and there is still no sight of hockey in the NHL. There was an offer made by the owners, then a counteroffer made by the players, but when the owners rejected that, the NHL announced that all games scheduled through November 1st were cancelled. Now there is a chance that the 82-game schedule could be shortened like the NBA did last season. We shall see if there is a repeat of a cancellation of the season.
That is all for today, sports fans. Until next week, enjoy your Halloween!