Rose unhappy about Villanueva 'cheap shot'

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Rose unhappy about Villanueva 'cheap shot'

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.Sporting a cut over the bridge of his nose, Derrick Rose looked like he had been in boxing match Sunday night. In fact, he called the overtime win over the Pistons a brawl, though he didnt mean it in a literal sense.

However, Rose didnt find the flagrant foul committed on him by Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva to be simply in the spirit of the game. The veteran reserve hacked the reigning league MVP in transition with 4:31 left in the contest, something Rose took exception to.

Its basketball. Hit me in my face. I think he didnt go for the ball. Whatever they called it, they called it for a reason, he said. I was mad. Sick and tired of people trying to take cheap shots at me. Ive got to say something.

I really dont know why he gets cheap-shotted by opponents. Probably because I dont say anything, but Im a man. Situations like that, you have to say something, he continued. Youve got to. He didnt even aim for the ball. At least aim for the ball. I felt like he didnt and thats the reason why I got mad a little bit.

After the play, Rose and Villanueva got into it verbally, resulting in a technical foul for the Piston. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau wasnt necessarily happy with the play, but accepted the referees explanation.

I thought he was getting to the rim, and he didnt get the calls, but he was getting hit, so hes got to keep going, he said. These guys, theyre great officials, so he said that it appeared to be worse than it actually was. Thats what he said to me. Usually, when they say that, they know that theyve gotten a pretty good look at it, so I dropped it right there. I thought the five-second count against Luol Deng with under a minute left in regulation was a little quick, but I guess sometimes on the road, thats to be expected. We were out of timeouts in that situation. Otherwise, we would have been able to use it, but we have to clean that up. We cant put ourselves in those situations.

Villanueva, who had been in first-year Pistons head coach Lawrence Franks doghouse and had only played 40 total minutes entering the game19 of which occurred in Detroits game against Orlando last weekscored a season-high 13 points on the evening, keying a second-quarter run by the home team. Ironically, he was also the high school teammate of Deng, Roses current teammate.

I hate that he played well against us, Deng told CSNChicago.com, while teammates Carlos Boozer and Ronnie Brewer joked about his love for Villanueva, who reportedly was defiant about the incident afterwards, in the background. But Im happy for Charlie.

Hes not a bad guy. He fouled Derrick pretty hard, he continued about the forward, who, along with former Bulls guard Ben Gordon, has been a major disappointment for the Pistons since signing as a free agent three summers ago. Charlie, hes not going to fight anybody. Its heat of the moment. Hes not that type of player.

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Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks battle Bruins tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks battle Bruins tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Scott Darling gets the nod.

Joel Quenneville is giving a struggling Corey Crawford a breather tonight, electing to go with Darling in the final game of the father's road trip. Darling is 11-4-2 with a 2.34 goals against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout in 20 games this season. His numbers aren't as great on the road, where he is 4-2-1 with a 2.83 GAA and .901 save percentage compared to a 7-2-1 record with a 1.98 GAA and .928 save percentage at home, but he fared well against Boston last season. The Lemont native stopped 42 of 46 shots, good for a .913 save percentage, in a 6-4 win at the United Center last April.

2. The Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line.

The Blackhawks' trio of Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin had a rare zero points in Tuesday's 6-4 win over Colorado, but don't expect to see that again. In fact, it could be the opposite. In their last meeting against the Bruins, a 6-4 win on April 3 during the 2015-16 season, they combined for 11 points (five goals, six assists), highlighted by a Kane hat trick that put him at 100 points on the season for the first time in his career. 

3. How the rookies build off a monsterous game.

In arguably the most well-rounded victory of the season Tuesday in Colorado, the Blackhawks had three rookies that had multi-point efforts. Vinnie Hinostroza had two goals, including the game winner. Tanner Kero had two goals and one assist, while Nick Schmaltz also had a goal and an assist. It was the top-six that was doing the heavy lifting earlier in the season, now the bottom-six is slowly starting to contribute on a consistent basis. The Blackhawks will be in great shape if they can confidently roll four lines that have the potential to find the back of the net on any given shift.

4. Patrice Bergeron vs. Jonathan Toews.

Two of the best two-way centers in the league will go head-to-head, and it's always a fun matchup to watch. Bergeron leads the league with 597 faceoff wins, and is ranked fifth with a 58.4 percentage at the dot while Toews ranks eighth in wins with 473 — despite missing nine games with a back injury — and sits at sixth with a 57.5 percentage. Both of the perennial Selke Trophy candidates have struggled offensively this season, with Bergeron recording only 21 points in 45 games and Toews with 22 points in 38 contests. Bergeron has been heating up as of late, though, scoring three goals and six assists in his last eight games. Bergeron also leads the league in possession numbers, with the Bruins controlling 61.9 percent of the even-strength shot attempts when he's on the ice.

5. Brad Marchand.

In September, Marchand inked an eight-year, $49 million deal and it's already paying dividends for the Bruins. He has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his last eight games, and 45 points total, which is by far the most on his team and tied for sixth in the NHL. He's 16 points away from tying his career high of 61 set last season, with a little less than half the year to go. He's also had great success against the Blackhawks. In his last six games against Chicago, dating back to the 2013-14 campaign, he has registered at least a point in all of them, scoring four goals and adding five assists. To make life more difficult, he's a player that enjoys getting under people's skin, so expect him to be a big factor tonight.

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