CHICAGO Teams

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Fred Hoiberg explains why he chose to stick with Portis, Dunn, Carter, LaVine and Holiday — not Parker — as his starting line up against Philadelphia: "In the preseason, I thought we played our best game against Indiana, or certainly our most complete game defensively, it was our best effort. We had three good defensive quarters against Denver. Now, going on the road against one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference — very powerful team that's got a couple players that are unlike any other in this league in their home opener — it's going to be a great challenge for us, but just the way we went out early and competed (in the preseason games), I like the way it looked. We got Jabari going a little bit in that last game, running some different things with him as the facilitator, so I just like the look of it and that's most likely how we're going to start tomorrow."

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Belichick: Mack not in same class as LT

Bill Belichick won his first two Super Bowls as defensive coordinator of the Giants, led by Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor, who the Patriots' head coach says has no equals at his position.

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Agent: Portis, Bulls fail to reach extension

Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis will likely become a restricted free agency in July, failing to reach a rookie contract extension before the Monday afternoon deadline, agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Barnwell Show: Lindsay Jones & Matt Bowen

Bill is joined by Lindsay Jones of The Athletic to take a look at where things stand for the teams in the AFC West after the Chiefs' loss to the Patriots on SNF (0:56), including the Broncos (14:59), Raiders (25:47) and Chargers (35:29). Also, Matt Bowen of ESPN stops by to discuss the high level of play from the Bears' defense this season aside from Sunday's performance against the Dolphins and more (42:30).

Malika Andrews ESPN 

Zach LaVine on Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins' work ethic: Kat (Towns) and Wigs (Wiggins) are some of my good friends. Wigs just had his newborn baby and congratulations to him on that. And Kat is a really laid back dude, but they are extremely competitive at the same time. They work hard. I feel like they are getting some flack in the media because some people are saying they don't work hard. People in the organization are saying that. But I think they are extremely hard workers. Whenever I am in the gym, they are too. I have seen Wigs go back late night after games that he didn't play well and go get shots up too. So, I think they are proven players in the NBA for sure. I think they will be just fine."

Malika Andrews ESPN 

I asked Zach LaVine if he is paying attention to the events unfolding with his former team in Minnesota. He said: "I feel like everybody is paying attention to it at some point because it goes across your ticker so much right now. But they are in a situation, I feel like that is professional sports though. You get hit with adversity. They are dealing with it the way they feel is best."

Saturday calls out Bears' defense after OT loss (0:39)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Tarik Cohen, LaDainian Tomlinson (2003 Weeks 14-15) and David Johnson (2016 Weeks 12-13) are the only three RBs this century to have at least seven receptions and 90 receiving yards in consecutive games. Cohen is on pace for 67 receptions and a 5.3 yards-per-carry average.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears had plenty of chances to finish off the Dolphins, but costly mistakes and conservative play calling in overtime allowed Miami to escape with a 31-28 victory. The Bears turned the ball over twice, spoiling a good second half by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who passed for 316 yards and three touchdowns. This loss is a reality check for the Bears, who now sit at 3-2 on the year.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara is doubtful to return with hamstring injury.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The 10 teams most likely to reach the playoff, according to ESPN's Playoff Predictor. Georgia (27%) is still alive after its loss to LSU. For the Tigers it was not only the win but the way they won -- handily -- that put them on the board.

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