Week 8 Power Rankings: Clippers soaring

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Week 8 Power Rankings: Clippers soaring

By Tony Andracki & Mark Strotman

Each Monday throughout the regular season, Mark Strotman and Tony Andracki will rank all 30 NBA teams. Below are Week 7 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at@BullsTalkCSNwith comments or criticisms.
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MarkComments1
Tony:Hey, they finally lost!
Mark: Best team in the NBA, and they are coached by Vinny del Negro.
2
Tony: Hey, they still haven't lost since November!
Mark: Win streak is over, but OKC-Miami will be lots of fun tomorrow.
3
Tony: Parker and Co. spoiled TheReturn: Dirk Edition.
Mark: LeBron went 250 minutes without committing a foul? Wow.
4
Tony: Need to get LeBron some help.
Mark: Kawhi Leonard making a big impact after his return from injury.
5
Tony: Can't handle Bulls, Rockets.
Mark: Nasty week, but Carmelo is still playing out of his mind.
6
Tony: What happens if 31-year-old Randolph gets hurt?
Mark: Recent struggles, but still just 1 game behind the Spurs for the division.7
Tony: Not much star power, but very solid all-around squad.
Mark: Marc Jackson continues to successfully coach easily the biggest surprise in the NBA.8
Tony: Curry should be getting some MVP votes. He's been phenomenal.
Mark: Good for them to get a big win over Chicago last week.9
Tony: Not quite consistent enough yet, but rounding into form.
Mark: If they replicate this success until Rose returns, Bulls will fight for East supremacy.
10
Tony: Just won't let Bulls run away with the division.
Mark: Interested to see how Omer Asik responds to Joakim Noah's comments.
11
Tony: At least they have the Knicks' number, ya know?
Mark: Deepest team in league finding stride, beating Memphis and San Antonio last 2 weeks.
12
Tony: If McGee can stay under control, he's a solid, efficient role player.
Mark: Nash coming back, but will it make a difference for West's No. 11 seed?
13
Tony: So now Humphries is getting benched? Too much drama in Brooklyn.
Mark: Same as Bulls, patiently waiting until their superstar (Granger) returns.
14
Tony: Ellis can just take over games sometimes.
Mark: Jennings trade talks heating up, and they will be until the deadline.
15
Tony: Kevin Love just needs to stay on the court.
Mark: Rubio beginning to ramp up minutes can only mean good things for Minnesota.16
Tony: On outside of playoff race if season ended today.
Mark: Struggled against fierce competition, as expected by most.
17
Tony: Can still be exploited inside by most teams.
Mark:Bynum thinks he can still contribute this season; I'll say he doesn't.
18
Tony: J.J. Hickson is actually playing pretty well.
Mark: What did Avery Johnson do to Deron Williams' field goal percentage?
19
Tony: Fading fast, and even with Holiday back and playing at high level again.
Mark: Pierce is on fire lately, but his teammates aren't matching the effort.
20
Tony: On a four-game win streak, but they've had to fight and claw for every victory.
Mark: Wes Matthews needs to get healthy, as the playoffs are a possibility in diluted West.
21
Tony: To say Dirk's return could've gone better is an understatement.
Mark: So what will Dwight Howard say if the Magic make the playoffs and he doesn't?
22
Tony: Still just kinda hangin' around.
Mark: Fading fast, need some shakeups.
23
Tony: I just don't get Alvin Gentry's rotation. At all.
Mark: 12-16 Mavs must love having Dirk back.
24
Tony: They're on a five-game win streak and they're still only 9-19? Ouch.
Mark: Two straight wins after losing six in a row, eight of nine.
25
Tony: Andre Drummond looking like a solid future piece.
Mark: 5 straight wins, but Houston the only opponent of note.
26
Tony: The DeMarcus Cousins situation has just become laughable.
Mark:Cavs probably need to deal Varejao and continue rebuilding.
27
Tony: Ridiculous that a six-win team is 27th.
Mark:With Evans, Cousins out, Kings score 105 points. Go figure.
28
Tony: It's like a race with Nawlins for worst record in NBA. They may never win again.
Mark: Would love to see Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers and Eric Gordon together soon.
29
Tony: Seriously? 11 straight losses? At least Davis has grown another half-inch in NO.
Mark: 15 losses in a row. It's last year all over again.
30
Tony:Amazing that a seven-game losing streak is far from worst in league.
Mark: Bradley Beal and Jordan Crawford will work well when John Wall returns.

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue break down the Bulls' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

TNT Bulls are back this week as the team heads into a crucial stretch. 

Currently, the Bulls sit half a game back of the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and with just eight games remaining on the schedule, each contest is essentially a must-win. 

So, yes, Thursday would be a great time for Jimmy Butler and company to summon their TNT alter ego. The Bulls have sealed 18 straight victories when playing on TNT Thursday, an improbable feat considering those games are usually reserved for two of the NBA's best. 

To continue that run, they'll have to down Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are also fighting for playoff positioning -- albeit at the top of the conference. Good thing the Bulls have a tendency to get up for big games. 

"The Bulls play up and down to their competition," Bulls Pregame and Postgame analyst Kendall Gill said. "They've been doing that the whole season." 

After Cleveland, the Bulls get set to battle another playoff squad, the Atlanta Hawks. 

Watch the video above to see Schanowski, Gill and Perdue break down the matchups. 

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson will spend another three weeks in a walking boot and is likely out until at least the end of May.

The White Sox outfielder has been wearing the boot ever since he re-aggravated a stress reaction in his right foot earlier this month. Tilson is also rehabbing a torn hamstring that required surgery last August and ended his 2016 season early.

The White Sox later downed the San Francisco Giants 4-3 at Camelback Ranch. Catcher Roberto Pena had a two-out, two-run single in the ninth.

“It’s likely going to be a little bit of a process from there,” Tilson said. “One of those things you have to listen to your body. Like I said, it may take more time than I would like. But the ultimate goal is to be sustainable and get myself back to where I need to be.”

The White Sox top options for center field remain veteran Peter Bourjos and prospect Jacob May. They also could use Leury Garcia in center, manager Rick Renteria said.

Center field is one of several open roster battles with only three full days to go in camp. The team is off on Thursday before playing a pair of exhibition games at Milwaukee on Friday and Saturday.

“We’ll figure it out, and it could be in the next couple of days,” Renteria said. “We just have to allow it to play out and then make a determination at that point.”

The White Sox also have two spots up for grabs in the back of the bullpen. Michael Ynoa, who is out of options, non-roster invitees Anthony Swarzak, Cory Luebke and Matt Purke, and rookie Zack Burdi are vying for jobs. Rookie Juan Minaya is likely to start the season on the disabled list.

Rule 5 draftee Dylan Covey, who pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday, could figure into the team’s plans even more if Carlos Rodon starts the season on the disabled list. Covey is expected to start for the White Sox on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.

Sunday’s starter James Shields said he’s ready for the regular season after throwing five innings. Shields allowed three earned runs and eight hits, walked three and struck out two.

He finished the Cactus League with a 3.45 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.

“Overall I felt good and I’m ready to move on,” Shields said. “These last couple outings I’ve been trying to work on my two-seam fastball. Today it was a little erratic, but overall felt pretty good.”

Nate Jones struck out two in a scoreless inning pitched. David Robertson, Blake Smith and Dan Jennings also pitched a scoreless inning.

Jose Abreu doubled and walked in four trips. Melky Cabrera singled twice in three trips.