Derrick Rose: Does He Have More Critics or Supporters Now for His MVP Award?

Steven ElonichCorrespondent IMay 16, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls drives against Mike Bibby #0 of the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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As we all know, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose took home the NBA Most Valuable Player award this season, and did so pretty handily.

There were arguments for the likes of Dwight Howard and LeBron James from non-voters, though.

Do they still have a point?

Dwight Howard is out of the playoffs despite strong individual performances and LeBron James' Heat was torn apart in the second half of Game 1 against Rose's Bulls. James managed only 15 points in the defeat.

Of course, you cannot judge a seven-game series by only the first contest.

This makes it look like Derrick Rose's competition was blasted away leaving him without any arguments for who may have deserved MVP, but Rose hasn't been too consistent himself.

In the first round against the Indiana Pacers, Rose shot only 37 percent from the field, including two games below 28 percent. His team won, but the performances were not spectacular overall. During crunch time, however, he came through for his team and finished off his first playoff series win since being drafted three seasons ago.

During a very competitive series in round two versus the Atlanta Hawks, Rose improved his field goal percentage to 45. He had arguably the best game of his career, scoring 44 points en route to a double-digit Bulls win in Atlanta.

The performance temporarily shut his critics up.

In his first game against the largely hyped Miami Heat, Rose struggled in the first half with missed shots and turnovers. It looked as if Miami had scared Rose into fumbling the ball consistently and it was going to be a heart wrenching game.

Then came halftime.

Rose apologized to his teammates and proceeded to ensure victory for his team and they did the same for him. Chicago completely halted the freight train that is the Miami Heat in the second half, resulting in the current 1-0 series lead.

That leads us to one question.

Does Derrick Rose have more or less supporters for his MVP award?

Immediately following the Heat game, he has more. He out-shined two-time MVP LeBron James and led his team to the "upset." As fans always have been, they will change sides in a heart beat.

What if Rose goes to South Beach next week and shoots 4-for-18 like he did in Indiana? The consistent television coverage gives more fans a chance to watch him in action. It is a "high risk, high reward" type situation that Rose has been in all post-season.

Simply put, if Rose continues to win and play well, he will keep his supporters. If he loses games, the supporters tend to go with.

Fortunately for Derrick Rose, he doesn't need supporters to hold onto the hardware he's earned.