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Rozier misses on big dunk attempt (0:15)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Dunn just made a nice block on one end and knocked in two more points on the other end. He's really coming along nicely in the last couple weeks. Bulls have to be pleased with his progress.

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Smart lobs to Horford for the oop (0:22)
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Theis makes up for turnover with chase-down block (0:21)
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Mirotic gets Bulls rolling with 13 quick points (0:39)
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Smart off to hot start from 3 (0:29)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Niko Mirotic continues playing with a lot of confidence since his return. He's already got 11 points and is looking for his shot all over the floor. Mirotic is at his best when he believes he can make all the plays — that's what he's doing right now.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

At halftime, Northwestern leads visiting Chicago State 55-8. For future reference, the record for the largest margin of victory in a game between two Division I opponents is 91: Tulsa 141, Prairie View A&M 50, December 7, 1995.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo, on if there was any traction for a deal between the Marlins and Cubs for Stanton: "There wasn't much interaction given the makeup of our roster, our future payroll commitments and some plans that we have. Great player, great opportunity, but not necessarily one for us at the time."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

It was a little bit of a throwaway line but this quote from Theo Epstein underscores what the team still thinks of Kyle Schwarber and/or his trade value: "He's always been someone teams have had interest in, I guess, but we probably have the most interest."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about the lead off position for the Cubs, Theo Epstein described a traditional one, once again, as a "luxury" for his particular team. They scored over 800 runs last season without one. The Cubs focus remains on the mound: "Our greatest threats relate to pitching," Epstein said.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says Niko Mirotic will start in Markkanen's place vs. Celtics.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Lauri Markkanen (back spasms) will not play vs. Celtics.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss the timing for what's next for the Cubs as they search for more pitching.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss the Cubs pitch to Shohei Ohtani.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein discussed the Cubs meeting with Shohei Ohtani which included Joe Maddon and pitcher Kyle Hendricks. At the end of the day, being in in the NL, without the DH, probably hurt the Cubs chances as much as anything but Epstein was proud of his team's efforts to lure him to Chicago.

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Bears' Miller: Amputation threat was 'very real'

Bears tight end Zach Miller was filled with emotion and gratitude in his return to the team facility on Monday, six weeks after undergoing emergency vascular surgery to save his left leg.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Brandon Kintzler, who saved 29 games for the Twins this year before going to Washington at the trade deadline and pitching in a setup role, is attracting a crowd on the free agent market. The Cubs, Twins, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Rangers are among the teams with interest. If the Cubs sign Kintzler on top of the Brandon Morrow deal, it will mean they've officially moved on from Wade Davis.

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller on whether he's thought about attempting to play football again.

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller admitted on Monday that he was close to having his left leg amputated six weeks ago when he dislocated his left knee in a game against New Orleans.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics say Kyrie Irving (left quad contusion) and Marcus Morris (left knee soreness) are both out tonight vs. Bulls. Al Horford (right knee contusion) is questionable.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Davey Martinez discuss what he learned from Joe Maddon and what he'll take with him to Washington as their new manager.