Word on the Street: Toews accidentally checks kid

Word on the Street: Toews accidentally checks kid

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011
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Toews accidentally checks kid

During drills at a youth hockey camp in Canada, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews accidentally flattens a young man onthe blue line. Toews was concerned about the lad's safety. How manyyoung men get to say they took on a Blackhawk? It turns out he was justfine and has a great story for the rest of his life. (AOL SportingNews)

And the award goes to?

Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and White Sox outfielder Juan Pierre have been nominated for the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award. The award goes to a Major League Baseball player featuring dedication to giving back to the community combined with outstanding skills on the field. Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield received the award in 2010. (Hardball Talk)

Former Bear joining Browns?

Not so long ago the Bears received fullback Tyler Clutts from the Cleveland Browns, now Cleveland is thinking of signing ex-Bears punter Brad Maynard. Still, the team has yet confirm any roster changes. (Chicago Tribune)

Ramirez released from jail

Tuesday was Manny Ramirez's first court appearance after a domestic feud with his wife. He was ordered to not have any direct contact with his wife. Ramirez's bail was set at 2,500 on a charge of domestic violence after being arrested on Monday night. (Hardball Talk)

Could half the NBA season be missed?

Tuesday's NBA meeting of negotiating teams in New York ended up being deemed disappointing. Union leader president and Lakers point guard Derek Fisher said at this point the preseason and training camps are likely not going to start on schedule. Union leader Billy Hunter advised the players that they might have to sit out for half the season. (ProBasketball Talk)

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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