Bulls trading for Monta Ellis? Highly unlikely

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Bulls trading for Monta Ellis? Highly unlikely

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. A recent piece by San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami suggested that the Golden State Warriors should look into trading high-scoring shooting guard Monta Ellis to the Bulls for center Joakim Noah.

This idea, which has been at least considered by the Bulls front office in the past, according to sources, is extremely unlikely to occur.

Before the Bulls acquisition of shooting guard Rip Hamilton, there was certainly a void on the perimeter, but although the Bulls struggled to score during Tuesday nights dramatic come-from-behind 76-74 win over the Hawks a game Hamilton sat out with a groin injury, but still the lowest-scoring total for a team through three quarters in the NBAs shot-clock era and Noah wasnt much of a factor because of foul trouble, a move like this shouldnt even be an option for management.

True, Noah has struggled to score early this season, with the exception of his 19-point effort in the Bulls win over the Clippers, but sacrificing his energy, defense, rebounding, size and intangibles wouldnt make much sense, especially given the fact that Ellis would make Hamilton redundant, let alone take the ball out of Derrick Roses hands at least some of the time.

At 5-1, the Bulls are sitting pretty, so even with backup point guard C.J. Watson currently out with a sprained left elbow, Hamilton nursing a groin injury and scoring still being a concern, theres no reason to push the panic button anytime soon and even consider dealing away Noah or young reserve big men Omer Asik and Taj Gibson, and especially not small forward Luol Deng, clearly the teams second-best player.

Chicagos frontcourt remains a strength, so to decimate it on an impulse to add more scoring punch wouldnt make sense and given that Ellis has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons recently not that the allegations, so far unfounded, will be proved to be true its doubtful that the Bulls, an organization that places a high emphasis on character, will want to add a player under such scrutiny to their mix.

But as fans, what do you think? Should the Bulls, a championship contender already, take a risk that could potentially put them over the hump?

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The Blackhawks’ starts have been all over the map this season but their finishes have usually been strong. That was the case again on Sunday night as the Blackhawks took a lead, lost a lead and regained a lead for good in their 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

This one featured a little bit of everything. So let’s just get to the Five Things to take from the Blackhawks’ victory over Vancouver.

1. Jonathan Toews breaks through. If the Blackhawks captain’s confidence was a little shaken with his lack of scoring this season, it should’ve gotten a boost with his Sunday outing. Toews’ goal and three assists were as big for him as they were the Blackhawks, who needed every bit of it late against the Canucks. In his last 12 games Toews has three goals and eight assists. He’s getting there. Said coach Joel Quenneville, “it seems like he was around the puck way more and when he does that, usually good things happen.”

2. Great start. This hasn’t been written very often but it was more than evident on Sunday night. If this wasn’t the Blackhawks’ best opening period of the season it was pretty close, as they broke out to a 2-0 lead against the Canucks. The Blackhawks, outside of a 3 ½-minute sequence without a shot on goal, were tenacious and ready to shoot, taking an 18-9 shots-on-goal edge in that first.

3. Corey Crawford rebounds. Quenneville considered Scott Darling for this game, an understandable thought with Darling coming off a 30-stop shutout. But he wanted Crawford to get back to where he was prior to his appendectomy, and Crawford took a step in that direction on Sunday night. In stopping 25 of 27 shots Crawford got his 18th victory of the season and 200th of his career. Quenneville said Crawford “looked like he was in control.”

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4. Michal Kempny’s tough stretch. When Kempny has been good this season he’s been very good. When he’s been bad... The defenseman was in the penalty box when the Canucks scored their first goal and he was beaten by Bo Horvat on the Canucks’ second goal. Kempny didn’t play the final 14 minutes of the game. Quenneville, who liked what Kempny brought on the team’s road trip, said Kempny just has to work through some things. “Coverage with awareness and knowing sometimes it’s man coverage, sometimes it’s playing the puck and clearing the loose stuff,” Quenneville said. “Defenseman is a tough position as you’re growing and learning it, but the more you play the better you play and I still think he’s making progress.”

5. Brian Campbell gets to keep No. 500 this time. Campbell thought he had his 500th point against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night but it was taken away. Well he got it back on Sunday night, setting up Richard Panik’s 11th goal of the season in the first period.