Dwight Howard says Rose needs to go up with two feet instead of one foot in order to protect himself. Bulls fans are probably suggesting that Howard just not block people by hitting airborn players with his body.
I fall somewhere in between. Rose clearly can't always go up with two feet. That's a ridiculous assertion, because it slows a player down a ton to wait for his second foot to catch up with the lead foot to go up stronger like that.
On the other hand, Rose is going to take some hits to the body like that when he goes up. Howard didn't flagrantly foul him, he didn't level Rose with his body or come down on top of him in some horrible way. He didn't level him with his arms and throw him to the ground. In other words, Dwight Howard wasn't playing dirty on either play [at least in my opinion].
Players who play Rose's style of relentless game attacking the hoop are always at risk to get hit and injured. Especially smaller guys like Rose who attack and use their amazing vertical leap in the process. They're naturally more helpless than say a guy like Corey Maggette who's chiseled out of stone and has a much taller reach profile so he's never as helpless when he attacks the basket.
In the end, this just is what it is. Derrick Rose is a hard nosed, tough player. He's not altering what he does due to the hits he's taking, but he's going to continue to take these kinds of hits, and quite frankly, it's likely to get worse. I don't think we've seen Rose really get leveled yet. For as strong as Rose is now, he's probably going to need to get even stronger to continue the style of play he does.
At this point, you just hope Rose isn't seriously hurt.
As for the regulars? Well, they played like normal I suppose. Flip Murray and Hakim Warrick continue to be worse than the guys they replaced. Taj Gibson played hard and fairly well. Kirk Hinrich missed shots, blah, blah, blah...
The only thing that stood out about this game was a chance to see our end of bench young guys.
James Johnson continues to show some hope and play better. He scored 13, had 4 assists, 3 boards, 3 steals, and a block (unfortunately he also had 4 fouls and 3 turnovers) in 28 minutes. He did get screwed early on a call where he should have gone to the line and instead collected an offensive foul. If you subtract a foul and give him another two points, he'd have really had a nice night.
He's far from great, but watching him recently, you get the feeling that if he was allowed to work through his growing pains early like Taj Gibson, that he'd be contributing at a solid level right now. He's starting to show spurts of quality offensive play, and he's done a nice job all season long of forcing turnovers in his limited minutes.
Joe Alexander was on route to put up a five million [5 minutes no other entries in the box score] when he decided to make a name for himself by collecting four fouls in the next two minutes or so. He did, mercifully, sink his first shot as a Bull.
Acie Law, while generally atrocious, had a few minute span where he looked like a stud driving through the lane repeatedly for scores. Unfortunately, outside of those few minutes he shot 0-8 and had three turnovers.
Chris Richard fouled out in 18 minutes while collecting 1 rebound. Ouch.
Devin Brown got into the game, for whatever good it did him. He decided to try and shoot his way into more minutes by hoisting up five shots seven minutes. He did score five points on those shots which is probably more efficient than the rest of the team.
As for the game as a whole, well I said in the game thread, I hope they keep it within 30, they only lost by 29. Nice job Bulls.