Well the first big story of the night is that the Bulls get revenge on the “Big 3″ and the Miami Heat. The Bulls win at the United Center by a final score of 106-102. The Bulls had led by as much as 12 during the 3rd quarter after great defense and solid bench play. The Heat did try to make a comeback late in the 4th but the Bulls were just too much.
The Bulls dominated from the beginning by outscoring the Heat, protecting the paint, limiting big shots, and most importantly keeping Chris Bosh out of the game. Bosh only scored 12 points and was only able to grab 13 rebounds. Lebron and D-Wade both managed to score 35 and 36 points respectively, but the rest of the team was unable to follow suit.
Starting Center Joel Anthony was scoreless and only snagged 4 boards. And Heat Point Guard Mario Chalmers wasn’t much help either with only 4 points and 3 assists. Miami’s bench was even worse, the Heat only got 13 total points and 13 total rebounds from their bench players. 13 was their unlucky number tonight. And out of the 35 points that King James scored tonight, he only scored 2 of those points in the 4th quarter.
As for the Bulls, they proved that they can win without Derrick Rose in the lineup. D-Rose is day to day with a groin injury which he sustained in Monday night’s game against the New York Knicks. Rip Hamilton is also still on the injured list with a separated shoulder. But it was not a problem as Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson stepped up and did a fine job.
But John Lucas III was the star of the show tonight as he scored 24 points off the bench to lead all Bulls scorers. But once again Carlos Boozer was a dissapointment as he finished with just 2 points and 8 rebounds. The Bulls are off on Thursday but the Portland Trail Blazers come to the Madhouse on Madison on Friday night.
And speaking of the Bulls, there is a little buzz around the NBA that the Bulls might try to make a trade to bring either Orlando Magic Center Dwight Howard or Los Angeles Lakers Forward/Center Pau Gasol to Chicago. While nothing has been made official, and no offers have been made, both Gasol and Howard could be the players that finally get the Bulls over the championship hump. But we’ll see what happens.
In other basketball news, both Northwestern and Illinois State have won their first round NIT games. Tuesday Night the Wildcats beat Akron at home 76-74. They travel to Seattle on Friday night to take on Washington in the 2nd round. How ironic that the Cardiac Cats return to the state of Washington for the second straight year.
Last year they played Washington State on their home turf when they were eliminated in the NIT Quarterfinals. As for Illinois State, they upset Mississippi in overtime by a score of 96-93. But the challenge only gets tougher for the Red Birds as they must travel to the west coast to take on Stanford in the 2nd round of the NIT on Monday night.
In hockey the Blackhawks return to action on Friday when they take on the Dallas Stars. As for the Wolves, they fell at home to Peoria tonight 3-1. They are off for the next couple of days. As for Chicago’s third hockey team, the Chicago Express successfully defended their home ice as they defeated Wheeling 3-1. And speaking of the Express, I will be reporting live from the Sears Centre on Saturday night as the Express play host to the Trenton Titans.
Both the Cubs and White Sox continue spring training in the Cactus League. And finally, an update on the Brandon Marshall saga. Of course after the Bears announced the trade for embattled wide receiver on Tuesday, word came very early Wednesday morning that Marshall could be in some legal trouble in New York.
Here is my report on that story: http://q101.com/2012/03/breaking-news-brandon-marshall-could-be-in-legal-trouble/
Of course after this new revelation came to light, Bears General Manager Phil Emery released a statement about the issue. On Wednesday Emery said: “Both the Bears and Dolphins were aware of what occurred over the weekend. We decided to move forward with the trade. We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear. Personally, I would caution against rushing to judgment before all the facts come out.”
The rest of the Bears organization has yet to comment on the issue. Bears players however have gone public with their feelings on the issue. Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler told ESPN: ”I talked to Brandon yesterday, and I think he was bummed about it, the perception and everything, of him getting to Chicago and that being over his head, Let’s not judge him quite yet.”
Cutler also said: ”I know he has a checkered past and Brandon is the first one to stand up and admit to that. But I know deep down he’s a good guy. He made some mistakes, but going forward I see nothing but bright things for the guy.” As we all know Cutler was teammates with Marshall in Denver from 2006-2008 and was the big reason why the trade was made with Miami.
And as always we will keep you informed as this story continues to develop. In other Bears news, Tight End Kellen Davis signs a new 2 year contract. The Bears also add another receiver by bringing in Eric Weems and giving him a 3 year deal. Last year Weems played for Atlanta where we was primarily a special teams player. The Bears hope to use Weems on kick returns.
The Bears also met with former Raiders Running Back Michael Bush. Not sure how Matt Forte, Marion Barber, and Kahlil Bell feel about that. And they also met with former Vikings Offensive Lineman Anthony Herrera. The Bears are also hoping they can still pull free agent Defensive End Mario Williams away from signing with the Buffalo Bills.
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