Noah uses memory of playoff series as motivation against 76ers

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Noah uses memory of playoff series as motivation against 76ers

PHILADELPHIAFor once, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is way off the mark when it comes to his players. Yes, Joakim Noah is a competitor and after a subpar outing Tuesday night in the Bulls home loss to the Clippers, but to think that his primary motivation coming into Wednesdays game against the 76ers was anything but remembering the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center cheer when he went down with a season-ending ankle injury in Game 3 of the two teams first-round playoff series is pure folly.

I think he responded well because of what happened last night. I didnt think he played his best last night, but I thought today, he had the energy and determination to play well again, so I think that was the big factor in the way he played, Thibodeau explained.

But the big thing for him is, I want him to be consistent with his approach. I dont want him to be relying on emotion or one game youre up, one game youre down. Just approach it the same way each and every day. Get ready for your next opponent. This ones over, get ready for Brooklyn. Thats the way it has to be.

Sounds great, Thibs. Heres what Noah had to say.

Yes, no question, he answered, when asked if he had May on his mind coming into this game, a 96-89 Bulls win, in which he contributed a team-high 21 points, along with seven rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots.

Ive been thinking about it all summer. All summer. I just couldnt wait to come back here. I just felt like when I went down last year, just people cheering and stuff. I just felt like that was a little disrespectful and it was definitely motivating for me to work even harder in the summer.

Im going to do it for the rest of my career, every time I come back.

So while Thibodeau would love for the charismatic centerwho was booed as he emphatically performed his finger guns routine after knocking down jumpersto be an even-keeled type, it just isnt happening. At least not in Philly.

Will Marcus Kruger return to Blackhawks against Lightning?

Will Marcus Kruger return to Blackhawks against Lightning?

Dennis Rasmussen or Marcus Kruger could play Tuesday night and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Rasmussen did not skate Tuesday morning due to illness but coach Joel Quenneville said the center could still play vs. the Lightning. Kruger skated with the Blackhawks on Sunday and figured he was close to coming back from his right hand injury. Quenneville said Kruger is "close" to playing, and his status could depend on how Rasmussen feels.

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The Blackhawks, sitting in second place in the Western Conference, are on a three-game winning streak entering Tuesday's game. The Lightning, the Blackhawks' 2015 Stanley Cup opponent, has struggled with injuries (Steven Stamkos has been out since November) and is last in the Eastern Conference. Despite the Lightning's struggles, Quenneville isn't taking the team lightly.

"Obviously they've had some health issues, significant guys missing big stretches of their year, but they still have guys out there that are skilled and it's an extremely dangerous team and a very competitive East side," Quenneville said. "I'm sure they'll be ready for tonight."

Andrei Vasilevskiy will start Tuesday night for the Lightning. Coach Jon Cooper said J.T. Brown and Jason Garrison are game-time decisions.

BLACKHAWKS VS. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

7:30 p.m.
TV: CSN
Live stream: CSNChicago.com or NBC Sports app
Radio: WGN 720 AM

Chicago Blackhawks

Forward lines

Ryan Hartman-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane
Vinnie Hinostroza-Tanner Kero-Marian Hossa
Andrew Desjardins-Dennis Rasmussen-Nick Schmaltz

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook
Brian Campbell-Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltender

Corey Crawford

INJURIES/ILLNESS: Marcus Kruger (right arm), Dennis Rasmussen (ill).

Tampa Bay Lightning (projected; some are game-time decisions)

Forward lines

Ondrej Palat-Vladislav Namestnikov-Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn-Tyler Johnson-J.T. Brown
Bryan Boyle-Valtteri Filppula-Jonathan Drouin
Michael Bournival-Cedric Paquette-Gabriel Dumont

Defensive Pairs

Victor Hedman-Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison-Andrej Sustr
Braydon Coburn-Nikita Nesterov

Goaltender

Andrei Vasilvskiy

INJURIES/ILLNESS: Steven Stamkos (knee), Brayden Point (upper body), Ryan Callahan (lower body), Jason Garrison (illness).

CSN set to air nine White Sox Spring Training games

CSN set to air nine White Sox Spring Training games

White Sox fans will get an extended look at the team this spring.

The White Sox released their 2017 spring training broadcast schedule on Tuesday afternoon, highlighting that 10 games will be televised from Arizona (nine on CSN). In addition, there will be 15 radio broadcasts on WLS-AM and 12 webcasts on whitesox.com.

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The broadcast team of Jason Benetti and Steve Stone will work all 10 televised games, Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson will serve as the radio broadcasters on WLS-AM and Russ Langer will return for his seventh White Sox spring training for all webcasts.

Here are all nine of CSN's White Sox spring training broadcasts:

- Tuesday, March 14 (3:10 p.m.) @ Mariners
- Friday, March 17 (2:05 p.m.) vs. Cubs
- Monday, March 20 (3:05 p.m.) vs. Dodgers
- Thursday, March 23 (3:05 p.m.) vs. Reds
- Friday, March 24 (3:05 p.m.) @ A's
- Sunday, March 26 (3:05 p.m.) vs. Giants
- Monday, March 27 (3:05 p.m.) @ Dodgers
- Wednesday, March 29 (2:05 p.m.) vs. Padres
- Saturday, April 1 (1:05 p.m.) @ Brewers

Check out the complete White Sox spring training schedule below: