The Morning Loop is a one-stop-shop for all of your Chicago sports teams, with news and notes about last night’s action as well as what’s on tap for the day across the Chicago sports landscape.
This is your Morning Loop for December 20, 2016:
Bulls Blowout Pistons, Snap Three Game Skid
The Chicago Bulls entered their Monday night match-up with the Detroit Pistons looking to snap a three game losing streak, and they did just that as they routed the Pistons 113-82 at the United Center.
The Bulls pulled out to a 35-19 lead after the first quarter and never looked back on Monday night, outscoring the Pistons by 16 in the first quarter and 19 in the second quarter. Almost a reversal in roles from the Bulls last game when they were embarrassed by the Bucks in front of the home crowd.
The Bulls shot an astounding 59.8 percent from the field, an even 50 percent from beyond the arc, and a perfect 100 percent from the charity stripe. Jimmy Butler led the way for the Bulls once again, scoring 19 points in just 30 minutes of work, while Taj Gibson added 16 points in 19 minutes on a perfect 8-8 night from the field.
Rajon Rondo notched a double-double in 28 minutes of work, recording 10 points and 14 assists on the evening. The Bulls played their most flawless offensive game of the season to date on Monday night, and pushed their record back above .500, now sitting at 14-13 this morning.
Forgive me, but I’m just not buying the performance that the Bulls put on last night. I think that the Bulls are in big trouble, and have too many offensive shortcomings to make a habit of games like last night. Read more about the Bulls troubling offensive production, in Monday’s Bulls analysis piece by Tim Moran.
The Bulls will have the day off today before playing host to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at the United Center. Catch the action tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM (CT) on CSN-Chicago (TV) and WLS-890AM (Radio).
New Suitor in the Jose Quintana Trade Discussion Emerges
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 19, 2016
The Yankees definitely have the prospects in their farm system to make a trade happen, but will they be willing to part with what the White Sox think it will take to get it done?
Blackhawks Back in Action Tonight, Play Host to the Ottawa Senators
The Chicago Blackhawks are back in action on Tuesday night after a day off on Monday. The Hawks enter play this evening blazing-hot, having won five straight games.
The red-hot Blackhawks enter play leading the NHL in points with 48, and look to put their NHL best 22-8-4 record on the line against the Ottawa Senators, who enter play with an 18-11-3 record. You can catch the action at 7:30 PM (CT) on CSN-Chicago (TV) and 720AM-WGN (Radio).
The Blackhawks received some good news on Monday, goaltender Corey Crawford is likely to return to action on Friday night when the Hawks’ host the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center. Also on Monday, Artemi Panarin was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week, read more about The Breadman’s point binge last week, and the Blackhawks sizzling stretch.
Eddie Royal Placed on Injured Reserve with Broken Toe
Chicago Bears Head Coach John Fox announced on Monday afternoon that veteran wide receiver Eddie Royal was placed on the injured reserve list, ending his season, and likely his tenure with the Bears.
Royal, 30, suffered a broken toe, and in turn becomes the Bears 18th player to be placed on the season ending injury list this season. Royal’s two year tenure with the Bears has been marred by injury, limiting Royal to only 18 appearances for Chicago, in which he recorded 70 receptions for 607 yards and three touchdowns.
In what has been a dismal 2016 season for the Chicago Bears, there was actually a pair of bright spots if you can beleive it. Read my take on Jordan Howard and Cameron Meredith, the bright spots in an otherwise forgettable campaign.