Happening Elsewhere: Rose Goes for Career-High 42 Against Spurs

Happening Elsewhere: Rose Goes for Career-High 42 Against Spurs

In his last game before traveling to California to represent the Eastern Conference in the upcoming All-Star showdown, The Bulls' Derrick Rose showed why he was more than worthy of being the East's starting point guard this season. Rose shredded the NBA-best San Antonio Spurs for a career-high 42 points on 18-28 shooting, shedding defenders for open top-of-the-key jumpers, finding impossible angles under the basket for layups and putbacks, and swooping in on the fast break for some devastating transition buckets. Rose's career-high night--and you get the feeling it won't be his career-high for long--helped the Bulls defeat the visiting Spurs in Chicago, 109-99.

The crowd chanted "M! V! P!" for Rose all second half, not just at free throws but at dead balls and even in half-court sets, and after the game he had tonight, it's pretty hard to deny him at least some consideration.

Rose is averaging nearly 25 points and over eight assists a game, while averaging career highs in rebounding, free-throw shooting, three-point shooting and steals. No less an authority than the Chuckster anointed Rose as the MVP for the first half of the season, and though there are still some other convincing candidates--including the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki, who had a not-so-shabby 35 points in Dallas's victory in the late game--Rose might now be going into the break as the front-runner.

Perhaps the most convincing line on Rose's resume, though, would have to be the play of the Bulls at large. Chicago is now 39-16 for the season, just two games behind the Celtics and Heat for first place in the Eastern Conference, despite Rose being the team's lone All-Star representative. The Bulls have suffered from frontcourt maladies all season, first to newly-signed high-scoring power forward Carlos Boozer, then to defensive anchor and team leader Joakim Noah, but Rose has kept the ship steady all season, and the team enters the break as possibly the hottest team in the league, winners of five straight.

All that said, I'd still rather the Sixers face the Bulls in the first round than the C's or Heat. Nonetheless, there's no doubt at this point that Chicago is not to be trifled with, and that Derrick Rose is one of the league's new great superstars.

Matt Read out approximately a month; Flyers recall Taylor Leier, send down Scott Laughton

Matt Read out approximately a month; Flyers recall Taylor Leier, send down Scott Laughton

Updated: 7 p.m.

Flyers winger Matt Read will miss approximately a month with an upper-body injury suffered in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Predators when he was checked by Filip Forsberg. Sources tell CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio the injury is an oblique muscle pull in Read's upper torso.

The 30-year-old has six goals and four assists for 10 points through 27 games. Five of those goals came in the Flyers' first five games.

To replace Read's roster spot, the Flyers recalled Taylor Leier and sent Scott Laughton to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. That likely means penalty-kill specialist Boyd Gordon (back), who is eligible to come off long-term injury reserve, will be activated.

Leier, 22, has been playing well with the Phantoms, posting six goals and 14 assists in 22 games (see Future Flyers Report). This is Leier's second stint of the season with the Flyers, albeit his first was short — one game on Oct. 25 in which he was a healthy scratch. He made his NHL debut last season and played six games.

Laughton was a healthy scratch the past five games.

If for some reason Gordon is not activated, the Flyers can call up another forward from Lehigh Valley. Jordan Weal is tied for second in the AHL with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 20 games, while veteran winger Colin McDonald is an experienced, bottom-six option.

Emily Youcis, aka 'Pistachio Girl,' fired from vendor position at Citizens Bank Park

Emily Youcis, aka 'Pistachio Girl,' fired from vendor position at Citizens Bank Park

A popular food vendor at Citizens Bank Park who supports the white nationalist movement has been fired.

Aramark, which operates food concessions at Citizens Bank Park, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that Emily Youcis is no longer employed after "publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values."

Youcis, aka "Pistachio Girl," tweeted Monday that she was let go last week.

Youcis was involved in a tussle last month outside the conference of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist group. Youcis tried to interview protesters, asking questions like: "Do you hate white people?" A protester spray-painted Youcis' hair and a photographer was bloodied. Some protesters were taken into police custody.

The conference drew headlines after some attendees evoked Adolf Hitler's Third Reich with cries of "Heil Trump" and use of the Nazi salute.

CSNPhilly.com added to this report.