WBEZ | Brooklyn Nets http://www.wbez.org/tags/brooklyn-nets Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Beleaguered Bulls battle both the flu and the Nets http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/beleaguered-bulls-battle-both-flu-and-nets-106966 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rsz_nate_robinson_nam_y_huh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There were no vaccines strong enough to stop the Bulls from dropping Game 6 against the Brooklyn Nets 95-92. The Bulls didn&rsquo;t get defeated by only the Nets, they were wiped out by the flu bug too. Luol Deng was sent home sick, while Taj Gibson and Nate Robinson (seen vomiting during the game) suffered on the court. And with Kirk Hinrich continuing to be sidelined with his calf bruise, it was a much-depleted Bulls team. Derrick Rose continues to watch the game on the bench in street clothes.</p><p>The Bulls were in the game and had opportunities to either tie or go ahead at various times late in the contest despite their setbacks.</p><p>The Nets flexed their offensive abilities and shot 57 percent and had a 60-54 lead going into the halftime. It looked like Brooklyn was having the type of game they enjoy playing.</p><p>What has been typical of this Bulls team, especially this Tom Thibodeau-coached club is that they don&rsquo;t give up. They fought and clawed and did everything they could possibly do in the second half to make it the kind of game the Bulls prefer&mdash;a defensive struggle.</p><p>You would think without Deng and Hinrich the Bulls chances were impossible. Jimmy Butler played every minute of this game, scoring seventeen points with six assists and seven boards, and worked hard on defense too. Marco Belinelli played almost the same amount of time and played both ends of the court too. Filling in for Deng, Belinelli had a game high 22 points and seven assists. Joakim Noah also played huge minutes and was very active around the paint grabbing 15 rebounds, 9 of them on the offensive glass. The Bulls center also had 14 points in the losing effort. Nate Robinson was still able to pour in 18 points despite being ill. Boozer had another double-double, 14 points and 13 rebounds before he fouled out.</p><p>This was an opportunity to close out this best of seven game series, which has to be dissapointing for the team. They had a three games to one lead and now it is tied up with a final game seven on the road at the Barclays Center.</p><p>The big three for Brooklyn were able to establish their offense in the first half and struggled later when the Bulls tried to control the game with their defense and whatever energy they could muster. Deron Williams finished with 17 points and 11 assists, but he only had three points in the second half without Hinrich defending him.</p><p>Both Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson contributed with 17 points apiece and both had a similar scenario as Williams&rsquo; the majority of their scoring came in the first half. However, the Nets got two clutch free throws from Andray Blatche in the final nineteen seconds. Up until then, the Nets were having great difficulty at the line. The Bulls had one last attempt to knot up the game, but Marco Belinelli missed a three and Noah had a turnover and then could not control the tip of a jump ball when final horn sounded at the United Center. This could have been the final home game of this very difficult season.</p><p>Now they have to go to Brooklyn for this first round series finale and they will need every bit of energy and health to try to gut out a win in New York.&nbsp; The big question, which Bulls players will be able to return to play on Saturday, Luol Deng or Kirk Hinrich? If only Derrick Rose could suit up...</p><p>And <strong><em>IF</em></strong> (it is a very big if) the Bulls can pull out a win, they would travel to Miami to play the Heat on Monday. With the team and this season anything is possible.</p><p>&nbsp;Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook Cheryl Raye Stout #<a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">AtTheGame </a></p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-05/beleaguered-bulls-battle-both-flu-and-nets-106966 Bears go Long, Bulls hang on, Baseball W's and Blackhawks finishing up http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-04/bears-go-long-bulls-hang-baseball-ws-and-blackhawks-finishing-106851 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rsz_kyle_long_ross_franklin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong>Bears go Long</strong></p><p>And the 20th pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft the Bears selected...</p><p>Kyle Long, an offensive guard from Oregon.&nbsp;</p><p>Bears Phil Emery was unable to trade down and told the media that Long was the player the team had targeted. Many draft experts had Long going later in the draft as late as the third round.</p><p>He is 6&rsquo;7,&rdquo; 313lbs and the Bears believe he has the capability to also play at tackle. If the last name rings a bell. it should. He is the brother of Rams defensive end Chris Long and the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long.</p><p>There is some baggage for the new Bears player. He had some off the field issues at Florida State where he played baseball, went to a community college to play football and wound up at Oregon.</p><p>Long played in 11 games last year and started in five, so he has a limited resume on the Division I level.</p><p>You can look at it two ways:</p><ol><li>He doesn&rsquo;t have the wear and tear players have coming into the league.</li><li>But, he is a player with limited experience and will have to digest the game fast.</li></ol><p>Emery expects Kyle Long to make an impact sooner than later. And if the football thing doesn&rsquo;t work out, he probably could try baseball. No joke.</p><p>Long was drafted by the White Sox out of high school in the 23<sup>rd</sup> round.</p><p>The NFL draft continues today with the second and third round. The final rounds 4-7 are tomorrow.</p><p><strong>Bulls hang on to win at the UC</strong></p><p>It sure wasn&#39;t pretty last night, but the Bulls will take the 79-76 win over the Brooklyn Nets.</p><p>It started really ugly for the Bulls when they allowed Deron Williams to get his team going and built a 17-5 lead, and that was all Tom Thibodeau needed to get mad.</p><p>He regrouped his team and they came back with a sense of purpose and used their defense like a vice around the throat of the Nets. Forcing turnovers and getting easy baskets is the staple of this Bulls team. The Nets missed 25 of 26 shots during a stretch from the second through the third quarter.</p><p>It was a similar blueprint as the second game on Monday. Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 16 rebounds and Luol Deng had 21 points and ten boards. The Nets did make a run at the end of the game and had a chance to tie it but CJ Watson missed a three pointer. Brook Lopez was the Nets high point man with 22 points and Williams contributed 18 in the losing effort.</p><p>Although it was a huge win and the Bulls are up 2 games to 1, they realize the task at hand is to win two more and they expect Brooklyn will not roll over. &nbsp;There is little time to rest since the game four will be tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the United Center.</p><p><strong>Yes, baseball is in full swing</strong></p><p>Guess it was a triple header of Chicago wins last night. Besides the Bulls, the White Sox beat Tampa 5-2 and the Cubs were able to a &ldquo;W&rdquo; in Miami 4-3 &mdash; in case you were interested.</p><p><strong>The Blackhawks nearing the finish line</strong></p><p>The last unimportant home game for the Blackhawks is tonight when they host the Calgary Flames and it will be the first chance for the fans to applaud the winners of the President&#39;s Trophy. The honor goes to the hockey team with the most points for the regular season.</p><p>The Hawks have proven they have been the best team in the league with their torrid opening streak.</p><p>The team now has the luxury the final two games to back off some minutes on players. It looks like they will have to wait until the final game to figure out who they will be hosting in the first round beginning early next week.</p><p>Of course, the Blackhawks want a little bit more than the President&#39;s Trophy. It&#39;s the Stanley Cup that they have been striving for the year. Odds are that they have a terrific chance to be dancing with that Cup sometime on June.</p><p>Okay, maybe that is too cocky &ndash; but this team is very impressive.</p><p><em>&mdash;Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame"> Facebook Cheryl Raye Stout</a> #AtTheGame&nbsp;</em></p></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-04/bears-go-long-bulls-hang-baseball-ws-and-blackhawks-finishing-106851 Bulls look to bounce back in Game 2 tonight http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-04/bulls-look-bounce-back-game-2-tonight-106761 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_bulls_seth_wenig.jpg" style="float: right; height: 297px; width: 300px;" title="Bulls hope to have a better outcome tonight in Game 2 against Brooklyn. (AP/File)" />Panic for the Bulls? No, leave that reaction to the fans. Concern? Not quite yet.</p><p>On Saturday, the Bulls had an embarrassing 106-89 loss to the Nets in Brooklyn.</p><p>A win tonight is not a must, but to leave New York down 0-2 would be tough when they return to play in Chicago on Thursday.</p><p>It was a surprise that Joakim Noah was able to start the playoff opener after he indicated Friday that he may sit out with his sore foot. Although Noah was limited and is dealing with pain, his effort was noble against the Nets All-Star center Brooks Lopez.</p><p>After Sunday&rsquo;s practice, coach Tom Thibodeau said Noah and a banged up Kirk Hinrich will both make the effort to be in the starting line-up. Hinrich suffered a thigh bruise from a screen set by Brooklyn&rsquo;s Reggie Evans.</p><p>What do the Bulls need to steal a win at the Barclays Center?</p><p>Turn up their defense and try to get the Nets Deron Williams out of any shooting rhythm. The Bulls strongest attribute is their defense. \If they let down that part of their game they are sunk. You cannot allow a team to shoot 55 percent from the field in the playoffs. Williams is not the only Brooklyn weapon, but is their best.</p><p>Lopez is a good scoring center, but he can also be scored on. The Bulls collectively have to make the Nets work on every offensive possession, no easy baskets, otherwise, their confidence will improve as the game and series continues.</p><p>If there is one player the Bulls need to get back on his game, it is Luol Deng. His leadership as a defender and movement without the ball allows the Bulls to score. There is no telling if Deng is bothered by the several injuries he endured over the course of the season. His role is essential if the Bulls want to extend and possibly win the series.</p><p>The only players who had decent offensive stats in Game 1 were Carlos Boozer with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Nate Robinson with 17 points off the bench. They need more production up and down the lineup. Points-in-the-paint is a matter that the Bulls will want to dominate and get to the free throw line.</p><p>Thibodeau needs to &ldquo;coach up&rdquo; tonight. Playoffs are about a series of adjustments, and it is up to Thibodeau to make them. Maybe Noah should come off the bench. The Bulls are a battered and bruised team and they have to go in now as &ldquo;Road Warriors&rdquo;. They have to take the crowd out of the game, attack the Nets and grab the tempo. If the Bulls can make it more their plodding and physical style, it makes it a tougher game for a crowd to get into.</p><p>It doesn&rsquo;t feel right to see Derrick Rose on the bench. It must be a reminder to the team of what they are missing, especially since he has been working out and practicing. Right now mental focus is a factor and having Rose there may be a distraction.</p><br /><p><em>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout </a>and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame&nbsp;</a></em></p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-04/bulls-look-bounce-back-game-2-tonight-106761