Word on the Street: Bulls most cost-effective NBA team

Word on the Street: Bulls most cost-effective NBA team

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Bulls spent their money wisely

According to a new Forbes survey, which calculates efficiency of NBA teams by looking at team payrolls and number of regular-season wins, the Bulls are the most cost-effective team for the 2010-11 season. The Oklahoma City Thunder were behind them, while the Toronto Raptors got the least bang for its buck. (usatoday.com)

Blackhawks blindsided by Canucks physical play?

According to one columnist in Vancouver, the Blackhawks didn't see the extreme physicality coming from the Canucks and it has turned the table on this series from the prior two seasons. He says it has left the Hawks upset, irate, distracted and unfocused.

"It took us off guard, we weren't prepared for it," John Scott admitted. "Mentally, it wears on us (out defensemen). Every time they get the puck, they're checking over their shoulders. They're not as effective if in the back of their mind they're thinking, 'Oh boy, I'm going to get hit.' " (vancouversun.com)

Pacers' Collison hopes to play in Game 3 vs. Bulls

Darren Collison hopes to play Thursday in Game 3 of the Bulls first-round series vs. Indiana. I dont know if hes going to be able to (play) or not, we have to go into preparing to be without him, Vogel said.

However, Collison sounded much more optimistic: If Im at 60-70 percent, Im going to play, he said. This is the playoffs. I was disappointed I couldnt get in the game in the second half, but its unfortunate it happened. (indystar.com)

Northwestern's Shurna enters NBA draft...

...but has not hired an agent yet. "This is an exciting opportunity for John and I fully support his decision," coach Bill Carmody said in a release. "It's a chance for him to pursue his dream and we look forward to helping him gather information throughout the process."

Shurna has the size and shooting touch that is often attractive to pro scouts. He's 6-foot-8, 217 pounds and was averaging 23.3 points per game when he hurt his ankle in the final non-conference game last season. If informed he's likely a first-round pick, he's expected to stay in the draft. (latimes.com)

Ex-Cubs, Sox Qualls awarded pension benefits

Jimmy Qualls, who played for both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, will be rewarded with health care and a pension for his brief time in MLB that resulted in 31 hits and ended in 1972.

Qualls is among 870 former major-leaguers who will be covered by an agreement between ownership and the players union. Qualls broke up Tom Seaver's perfect game against the Cubs in 1969. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

White Sox pitchers headed for World Baseball Classic look sharp in win over Rockies

What if… Cubs GM Jed Hoyer’s takeaways from epic World Series Game 7

Quick hits: Blackhawks start strong in win over Blues

Illini keep NCAA tournament hopes afloat with dominant win over Nebraska

White Sox: Happy with progress, Brett Lawrie tries to clear final hurdles

How Indians regrouped and reloaded after losing unforgettable Game 7 to Cubs

Jim Thome: Getting into baseball Hall of Fame would be indescribable

Kurt Busch steals a monster of a win in Daytona 500

Michigan State gets big win to boost tourney hopes, while Wisconsin loses for fourth time in five games

 

 

 

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

Scott Darling found out at 8 o'clock this morning that he was starting for an ailing Corey Crawford. Considering he did this back in December for a few weeks, adjusting quick for one game was fine.

"It's kind of my job," Darling said.

And Darling, once again, did his job.

Darling stopped 30 of 32 shots and Patrick Kane scored his 24th goal of the season as the Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday night. The Blackhawks have won nine of their last 10 games. They're one point behind the Minnesota Wild, who made their splashy trade-deadline move in acquiring Martin Hanzal on Sunday. But the Blackhawks, thanks to veterans regaining their form, a top line finding its rhythm and youth consistently improving, are just rolling right along.

"We had a great start to the game. I thought Darls was excellent all night, great stretch there in the last 10 minutes where we fight through some tough shifts, particularly in the last couple of minutes in our end. But good win," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You look at the nice plays on the goals, it was kind of a comparable ending to the outdoor game: tied and about the same time they scored, we scored (tonight). Big two points for us."

Jonathan Toews scored his 16th of the season and Artem Anisimov scored the game-winning goal with 5:20 remaining in regulation. Tanner Kero added an empty-net goal with 2.6 seconds remaining in the game.

The Blackhawks already knew they'd be without Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) for at least a day or two when they found out Crawford couldn't go this morning. As Quenneville said Darling was strong once again, denying the Blues all but twice (a 2-on-1 goal from Magnus Paajarvi and a power-play goal from Alex Pietrangelo).

Toews and Kane (power-play goal) staked the Blackhawks to a 2-0 lead early before the Blues tied it in the second. But late in the third period Anisimov took the feed from Artemi Panarin to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.

"I saw the puck all the way. It was easy to pick up," Anisimov said. "When you don't see the puck at the last moment and it comes, it's hard to receive and prepare for the next move. But I saw it all the way. Easy to prepare for the next move."

Speaking of next moves, do the Blackhawks make any more before the trade deadline. General manager Stan Bowman said on Friday, following the acquisition of Tomas Jurco, that he'll keep talking and listening but likes the group he has right now. If Bowman's made moves it's for what the Blackhawks have needed, not because of another team's trades. The Blackhawks like what they have right now. Winning nine of 10 and continuing to trend in the right direction, they should be careful not to disrupt what they've got going.

"I think we're, as we've said lately, trending the right way. We're playing solid. I think all four lines are contributing in every which way," Toews said. "I love our group right now. Everyone is getting better individually, contributing more and more and it's a lot of fun to see the way we're playing right now. We know that the ceiling is way higher and we can keep getting better too."