There was rightfully a lot of talk over the weekend about how Derrick Rose looked all the way back for the Bulls. He did. But another guy battling injuries during a couple years looked like a force of nature as well last weekend:
He was simply the most dominant player in Game 1 of the Mavericks vs. Rockets series. Dallas struggled to score when Howard was on the court. Mavs’ coach Rick Carlisle has to get Howard out of the paint (or in foul trouble) or this is going to be an uphill struggle for a Dallas offense that already doesn’t look comfortable when Rajon Rondo is on the court.