Indiana Pacers Status Check:
Home Record: 10-9
Last game: Won 102-89 vs. the Mavericks
Last 10 Games: 4-6
PPG: 97.0 (21st)
Opponents PPG: 97.6 (13th)
Offensive Rating: 102.5 (24th)
Defensive Rating: 103.1 (7th)
Pace: 94.3 (8th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .483 (24th)
Turnover Percentage: .164 (30th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .748 (11th)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .237 (27th)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .180 (29th)
Opp. eFG%: .471 (3rd)
Opp. TO%: .129 (24th)
Opp. FT/FGA: .249 (21st)
Leading scorer: Danny Granger (20.9 PPG)
Stats from Basketball-Reference.com.
Pacers Injury Report:
If voting ended today, Derrick Rose would be a starter on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. And, frankly, he needs to play like an All-Star tonight. Conseco Fieldhouse is has become a Bulls graveyard.
I’m not kidding. The Bulls have lost 20 of their last 24 games there. Which is pretty bad news with the way they’ve been playing on the road lately.
Chicago really misses Joakim Noah. Without him, major flaws are exposed, both offensively and defensively. The Bulls don’t fast break enough. When Keith Bogans and Kurt Thomas are both in the game, it often feels like the Bulls are playing three-on-five. When opposing players get by Derrick Rose or Carlos Boozer, there’s nobody there to intercept them. And, most of all, the team misses his energy and intensity.
The Bulls can overcome these issues at home. Not so much on the road. This is a problem because the Pacers are a strong defensive team and they have players — Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, Darren Collison, T.J. Ford — who create mismatches.
All I can say is that the Bulls never come out focused and intense from the tip and keep it up until the game is over. If they don’t, if they lose focus or fail to match Indy’s intensity, they’re going to lose.