The Bulls have parter with Jabari Parker & Bobby Portis plus a 2nd round fraft pick in 2023,while they get former #E3 overall pick Otto Porter Jr. This Bulls season has been even more bizarre and demoralizing than usual. They’ve dealt with major injuries all season long, starting before they even played a game, the players nearly staged a mutiny on replacement head coach Jim Boylen just a week after he took over for Fred Hoiberg and their lack of talent has resulted in a pitiful record. There was little reason to expect any sort of turnaround, but they’ve swooped in out of nowhere to make a move that finally brings some good news — a rare thing around the Bulls lately.In short, this is a great trade by the Bulls. Signing Parker was a shortsighted move and one that may not have even happened if he wasn’t from Chicago. He’s spent parts of the season out of the rotation, and still doesn’t play any defense. With a team option for next season, there was no chance he would be back. Thus, you can really think of this move as Portis for Porter, and that’s one the Bulls should make every day of the week.Portis is a solid player, and is coming off of his best game of the season, a 33-point, nine-rebound performance over the Hornets. He is set to be a restricted free agent this summer, however, and should be looking for a decent amount of money. With Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. set as the team’s frontcourt of the future, there was no reason for them to spend on Portis to be their third big man. Porter’s versatility on the wing is a much smoother fit, and he can slide right into the starting lineup. He’s also locked in for next season, and has a player option he’s likely to take for 2020-21. That gives them a very good young player for a few years — something they were unlikely to find in free agency given their team’s current status. While they started out with much higher expectations than the Bulls, the Wizards have had a similarly disappointing season. They started out just 1-7, and weren’t able to get back on track. And that was before John Wall was ruled out for the season due to heel surgery — news which became even worse earlier this week when the team announced Wall suffered a torn Achilles at his home and will likely miss next season as well. On the court, the Bulls lost to New Orleans 125-120 with Chicago native and soon to be traded Anthony Davis being held out–to prevent any injury.
The Philadelphia Eagles kept messing up. They’re simply a team that doesn’t give up.Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL’s stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles past the the Bears 16-15 on Sunday in the final wild-card game.Former Eagles kicker Cody Parkey hit the left upright and then the crossbar with a field-goal attempt from 43 yards with 10 seconds remaining, silencing the raucous crowd.
”I think the big thing is, we saw some adversity tonight in the first half (and) I had a couple of turnovers,” Foles said. ”I think the big thing is that no one loses faith, no one stops believing, everyone just keeps talking, keeps believing in one another, and we just rallied. Our defense really kept us in this game.”
The defending league champion Eagles (10-7) squeezed into the playoffs by beating Washington and having the Bears (12-5) help them by knocking off Minnesota in the season finale. Philadelphia thanked its benefactor with a 12-play, 60-yard drive on which Foles, the Super Bowl MVP last February, hit six passes.Tate made a reaching grab in the right side of the end zone near the goal line.
”We found a way,” Tate said.
Philly plays at New Orleans (13-3) next Sunday. The Bears sensational turnaround season from last place to the NFC North title is over.No team has repeated as Super Bowl champion since New England in 2004, and the Eagles are a sixth seed. The last sixth seed to win the NFL title was Green Bay in the 2010 season; the Packers won the NFC championship at Soldier Field that season.These Eagles, led by Foles once again replacing an injured Carson Wentz, and a defense down to backups at several positions, seem to have that magical touch like last season.It was a sizzling ending to a game marked by superior defense and several critical mistakes by the Eagles. They had to survive after Tarik Cohen, an All-Pro punt returner, took back the kickoff following Philly’s go-ahead score 35 yards. Mitchell Trubisky completed two passes to get the Bears close enough for Parkey. But his kick took a double deflection and fell harmlessly into the end zone.He was 11 of 12 in the fourth-quarter on field goals before missing the biggest kick of his career.
”Obviously, we’re just hoping for a miss,” Foles said. ”This was a hard-fought game. That’s an amazing team we just played against and it came down to the wire.”
The Bears are 1-15 all-time in playoffs when trailing after three quarters. They fell behind when Foles connected with rookie Dallas Goedert for a 10-yard touchdown in the third period that was set up by a 33-yard pass interference call on cornerback Prince Amukamara.Although the Eagles outplayed the Bears in the first half, errors left them behind 6-3. A 15-yard personal penalty on Michael Bennett aided a Bear drive to a 36-yard field goal by Parkey, and a dropped potential interception in the end zone by Tre Sullivan allowed Parkey to make a 29-yarder as the half concluded.Philadelphia also had an interception by Avonte Maddox deep in Bear territory overturned by video replay.Philly did score on its opening series of the game, a 50-yard drive to Jake Elliott’s 43-yard field goal. And again on its first possession in the third quarter as Goedert got wide open on a short post pattern behind Adrian Amos, who had an end-zone interception of Foles’ ill-advised throw in the second quarter.Parkey also made 34-yarder early in the manic final quarter.
”We had a lot of fun and I love our guys to death,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said.
Both head coaches, Nagy and Doug Pederson in Philadelphia, are Andy Reid proteges. That usually means lots of passing, and each team didn’t do much on the ground, combining for 107 yards rushing.But Trubisky threw for 303 yards, going 26 of 43. Foles was 25 of 40 for 266 yards.Teams rarely win when they are minus in turnover differential. The Eagles did, having two giveaways and no takeaways. The Bears led the NFL this season with 36 takeaways.The bear mascot had the perfect reaction to Parkey’s miss, falling flat on his back as he was kneeling behind the goalpost where Parkey’s kick failed.
EVANSTON—A.J. Turner hit a 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left to give Northwestern a 68-66 victory over rival Illinois on Sunday, the Wildcats’ first Big Ten win of the season.Vic Law had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Turner and Ryan Taylor had 12 points apiece and Anthony Gaines added 11 for Northwestern (10-5, 1-3).Ayo Dosunmu had 18 points and Adonis De La Rosa added 12 for Illinois (4-11, 0-4), which has lost four straight.Northwestern won last season’s meeting 72-68 in overtime. Illinois leads the all-time series 134-42.Giorgi Bezhanishvili gave Illinois a 66-65 lead on a follow basket with 1:31 to play. After each team had a scoreless possession, Northwestern got the ball back with 34.5 seconds to go. Turner missed a wild 3-point attempt with just under 20 seconds left, but Dererk Pardon grabbed the rebound and threw it back out to Turner for the game-winning basket.Trent Frazier missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer for the Illini.Following a slow start offensively, Northwestern received a lift when freshman Ryan Greer entered the game at point guard seven minutes into the game. The Wildcats rallied for a 24-16 lead with five minutes left before halftime and seemingly had taken control.But Illinois, after going scoreless for more than four minutes, closed the first half with a 15-1 run to take a 31-25 lead at the intermission.Law had just two points on 1-for-6 shooting in the first half. He finished 4 for 12 from the field with six turnovers.Illinois stretched its lead to eight points early in the second half before Northwestern rallied to tie the score at 42 on a 3-point play by Anthony Gaines with 13 minutes to go. Two minutes later, Law hit a pair of free throws to put the Wildcats back on top, 45-43.The game stayed tight the rest of the way.The Illini are solid defensively, but must develop more consistency on offense to win in the Big Ten.To be competitive in the Big Ten and have a shot at an NCAA tournament bid, the Wildcats need more consistent play out of Law. Also, the lack of a true point guard in the starting lineup is more apparent against quality opponents.NU hosts No. 25 Iowa on Wednesday night.Illinois is home to No. 2 Michigan on Thursday night