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How significant was the Bulls' 96-86 win over the Heat?




When the Chicago Bulls defeated the Miami Heat in overtime last night, it would mark the first time the Bulls would have consecutive  wins over their conference foe dating back to last year’s regular season. Considering that Derrick Rose shot a miserable 1-for-13 from the field, with three of the starters combining for only 14 points, it’s a miracle the Bulls were even in position to win this game. The victory temporarily gives the Bulls a 2-1 edge in the season series, but most importantly it moved them closer to claiming the top spot in the conference for the second straight year. In spite of all of this, I can’t say that I’m not worried about this team with the playoffs just two weeks away.

The first reason is because even though they have played well without Derrick Rose, posting a 16-7 record in the games he has missed, they will need him to play at a high level if they are going to have sustained success in the playoffs. Being that he has been sidelined with a variety of injuries this year, I’m not sure what version of our superstar we will see when the second season begins. Another concern is Rose’s back-court mate, Rip Hamilton. He was suppose to be the piece that would help the Bulls surpass the Heat should the two teams square off again in the playoffs. However, like Rose, he has missed a ton of games as well and I’m not sure the seven games remaining on the schedule will be enough time for these two players to develop a solid rhythm.

Before I make my point about the second unit, I want to make it clear that I love the players who come off the bench for this squad. A lot of these guys would probably be starting for a number of other teams in the league, but they accept their roles and don’t bicker about how many minutes they are given while always pulling for each other no matter what. This unit was the difference in the Bulls’ win over the Heat as they outscored Miami’s reserves 47-7, giving them a  103-22 edge in the last two games these teams have played against each other.

My question here is will this unit show up in the playoffs? I remember how elated the city was after we beat up on the Heat in the  opening game of the Conference Finals and how empty we felt four games later, when then the Heat were moving on to the Finals. This unit was noticeably absent in that series and if we’re going to seriously contend for the title this year, the bench will need to have a major impact in the postseason as well. The bottom line is no matter how well we play during the regular season, it will not mean anything if we don’t at least make it to the Finals this year.



Eagles’ Jalen Mills Arrested



Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills was arrested in Washington D.C following an altercation with Washington Wizards player Devin Robinson, according to the Associated Press’ Howard Fendrich (via the Washington Post).

Both men were charged with disorderly affray, which is described as fighting in a public place.

According to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner, a verbal altercation broke out between the two that escalated into a physical fight that took place on the sidewalk.

Robinson was transported to a hospital following the fight with Mills and upon his release he was taken to to department’s 2nd District station where Mills was detained.

Mills and Robinson were “involved in a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation on the sidewalk adjacent to the Opera Night Club” in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the police report.

Both teams have since responded, with the Wizards essentially parting ways with Robinson due to the incident.

“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said in a statement.

The Eagles issued a statement saying that they are “aware of the situation” and “continuing to gather more information.”

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Dallas Mavericks

Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis Accused of Rape in New York



Dallas Mavericks big man and former New York Knick Kristaps Porzingis is being investigated back New York for an alleged rape that a woman told police took place sometime last year, according to the New York Post.

The woman, who informed police about the alleged rape on Thursday, says that she waited more than a year to come forward regarding the incident because she had discussed receiving $68,000 from Porzingis to keep quiet.

Roland G. Riopelle, the attorney for Porzingis, has since denied the allegations and has said they had previously referred the case to federal authorities due to the “accuser’s extortionate demands.”

“We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations,” Riopelle said. “We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on Dec. 20, 2018, based on the accuser’s extortionate demands. We also alerted the National Basketball Association months ago, and they are aware of the ongoing investigation of the accuser by federal law enforcement. We cannot comment further on an ongoing federal investigation. Please refer any questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the National Basketball Association.”

The woman alleges that the incident took place on February 7th, 2018, at the Sky building in New York, where Porzingis lived, just hours following Porzingis suffering a torn ACL, the injury that has kept him off the court for more than a year.

An NBA spokesman said the league is aware of the situation while the Knicks’ team spokesperson said; “This is Kristaps’ personal matter and not related to the Knicks.” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stated that the team is aware of the situation but “we have been instructed by federal authorities not to comment.”

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks had informed the Mavericks of the pending Porzingis rape allegations during a trade call with NBA headquarters, that took place on January 31st,  that finalized the deal that sent Porzingis to the Mavericks.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department issued the following: “The NYPD takes sexual assault and all rape cases extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors.”

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Golden State Warriors

Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Says Fans Have Called Him ‘N—-r’, Says He’s Reported it to League



Golden State Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins is speaking out about how NBA fans treat players, revealing that fans have called him the N-word during games and stating that he had reported the incidents to the league.

Cousins discussed the incidents during an interview with Chris Haynes on the ‘Posted Up’ podcast:

“Oh, I’ve been called n—-r, and it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back, and I was still punished for it. But obviously it became a bigger issue when it was Russ [Westbrook] and he was still fined for it. I don’t really understand it. We’re the product. We push this league. So, I don’t understand. When does our safety, when does, it become important?”

While Cousins spoke candidly about his experiences, he did not specific which cities in which he heard the racial slurs.

“I don’t really want to, because I’m not really trying to put a label on an entire fan base” Cousins said when discussing which cities he heard the slurs. T”here are ignorant individuals in every city. I’ll just put it like that. [NBA] tells you to ignore it, or whatever the case may be. But how many times am I supposed to ignore that? Me coming from where I come from [Mobile, Alabama]. They lucky all they got was a response.”

While Cousins did not mention any cities or teams, Haynes reported that one city was Sacramento, where Cousins spent the majority of his career playing for the Kings.

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