Rose, Hamilton still in adjustment period

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Rose, Hamilton still in adjustment period

When the Bulls signed Richard Hamilton in December, they envisioned him pairing with Derrick Rose to form one of the top guard duos in the NBA. But injuries have made it impossible for them to get 100 percent comfortable together.

Rose and Hamilton have only been in the starting lineup 17 times together after missing a combined 63 games.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Rose knows the two still have room to grow as backcourt mates.

"Have I learned how to hit him in stride? Well, I'm getting to that," Rose told the Tribune's Vaughn McClure. "I've been out, shoot, 26 games. But I have been able to watch his tendency and where he wants the ball. The only thing I know is if I deliver the ball to him, it's got to be pretty hard."

Hamilton appears to be as healthy as he's been all season, playing in the last 10 games and averaging 17.25 points in over 28 minutes over his last four. Meanwhile, Rose returned from a three-game layoff for a foot injury Saturday night and said he was feeling good afterwards.

With only two games left in the regular season, Rose and Hamilton might need to use the first round of the playoffs to build the quality chemistry that could lead to a NBA championship.

Marian Hossa named Blackhawks' nominee for 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Marian Hossa named Blackhawks' nominee for 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

The Chicago chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association has selected Marian Hossa to be the Blackhawks' nominee for the 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

The 38-year-old winger has bounced back in a huge way following a 2015-16 campaign where he had only 13 goals and 20 assists in 64 games. 

Hossa is tied for second on the team with 24 goals and ranks sixth on the club with 42 points in 66 contests this season. He ranks fourth among active players with 1,131 points, and recently surpassed Pat Verbeek to move into 35th all-time in goals scored with 523.

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Three finalists from the 30 NHL teams will be named at the end of the regular season.

Pit Martin (1969-70) and Bryan Berard (2003-04) are the only two players in Blackhawks history to win the honor.

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

The NBA announced Saturday that it has suspended former Bulls and current Knicks center Joakim Noah for 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

He tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement called selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, which is prohibited under the current collective bargaining agreement but would not have been under the new CBA starting next year, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

It was announced in February that Noah would miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury. His suspension will carry over into the 2017-18 campaign with only 10 games left this year.

Noah averaged 5.0 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game in 46 games in his first of a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks.