Word on the Street: Blackhawks have a set roster

Word on the Street: Blackhawks have a set roster

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
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Blackhawks' roster is set

Chicago Blackhawks' roster for the start of the regular season is at 23. Brandon Saad has been signed to a three year entry level contract. It turns out Patrick Sharp will be able to play in the opener after his recovery from his emergency appendectomy surgery. Dave Bolland and Ben Smith could also play. (CSN Chicago)

Deng's face on British pound

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Back in August the NBA owners sued the players union. The players union filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. There will be an oral argument to dismiss on the motion on Nov. 2. Note that Nov. 2 is the say after the NBA regular season is supposed to start.(ProBasketball Talk)

Mirotic is excited for potential Bulls position

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Tinoisamoa is working out Wednesday

Former Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa had major knee construction after the 2010 season,which is a total of three surgeries on his right knee. Tinoisamoa is supposed to workout with the Bears on Wednesday. The Bears need more depth with linebackers. Right now they have five on a 53-man roster. Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs have been in favor of Tinoisamoa in the past. (Chicago Tribune)

Brenly, potential for Cubs managing job?

The Cubs haven't officially dismissed Mike Quade and aren't actively looking for a new manager but Cubs TV color analyst Bob Brenly said, "I guess my attitude is I'm not hiding, they know where to find me. If they feel that I'm the guy for the job I would love to interview . . ." Brenly says he has no insight on Cubs' search for manager or general manager. (Chicago Tribune)

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

In a season where the triple-double has become commonplace to the point of stat chasing in the effort to chase history, Dwyane Wade didn't mind snatching his own piece of turf.

In a game where teammate Jimmy Butler reached the feat for the first time this season, it would've been doubly satisfactory for Wade to achieve the fifth triple-double of his career.

One rebound away in the final seconds of the Bulls' 117-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the memo didn't reach Cristiano Felicio, who reached over Wade to grab a rebound, causing it to harmlessly fall out of bounds and ending Wade's chance at history.

After Wade finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 34 minutes, he was asked if he "hated" Felicio for interrupting his moment.

"No hate. Just a strong dislike, though," said Wade with a wry smile. "You know how long it's been since I had a triple double? It's been a long time."

It's been six years, as his last triple-double came in the 2010-11 season with the Miami Heat, achieving the feat with a 22-point, 12-rebound and 10-assist performance against the then-Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 4, 2011.

Even more than the statistical feat was Wade's variety, as he grabbed seven rebounds in the decisive third-quarter run that broke the game open, hitting Butler and Bobby Portis for long touchdown passes that would've had Jay Cutler or whichever quarterback the Cleveland Browns are banking on next fall, blushing.

Perhaps even more impressive was the fact it was on the second night of a back-to-back with the Bulls winning in overtime against the Phoenix Suns—a game where Wade turned it up late then threw it down over Alex Len in overtime.

"I think we just found our groove," Wade said. "We've had some injuries that have gone on but we're playing good basketball."

More pointedly, so is Wade, aided by him often finding Felicio for easy dunks on the pick and roll as they play second and fourth quarters together. 

Felicio was clearly bothered by his gaffe, which was made worse by the take-no-prisoners approach from Wade and Butler. When a member of foreign media approached him about an interview, Felicio said "you're not asking me about that last rebound, are you?"

Later in the evening, Felicio went to Twitter, posting "I did not know!!" in reference to Wade's night.

"I told him I didn't not even gonna act like I ain't mad at him. I'm very mad at him," said Wade with a laugh. "But he's all good. He said he didn't see me down there. So he took a shot at my height. It's cool. Jimmy had one. It would've been nice to have two triple doubles."

"I'm sure a stat would've came out that would've said, ‘Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are the first duo to get a triple-double on a back-to-back since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen', since they got every record around here."

He was close, although Jordan and Pippen didn't achieve their feat on a back-to-back but a random night in the 1988-89 season. Jordan scored 41 with 11 assists and 10 rebounds and Pippen had 15 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 126-121 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We laugh about that often, but it's all good," Wade said. "I gotta work harder till I get another one one day."

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