Tag Archives | Indiana Pacers

Is defense really the problem?

“We don’t know what’s going on. I think it’s defense. Defense usually gets us going, gets us fastbreak points, and it just hasn’t been there.” That’s what Derrick Rose said about the ongoing mystery of why the Bulls haven’t yet transformed the Pacers into a smoldering pile of playoff ashes. It’s not that I don’t […]

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Game 2 Plus-Minus Numbers

Bulls Starters: Luol Deng (+13) Carlos Boozer (+12) Joakim Noah (+12) Derrick Rose (+11) Keith Bogans (+8) Bulls bench: Kyle Korver (+5) C.J. Watson (-3) Omer Asik (-3) Taj Gibson (-4) Kurt Thomas (-7) Ronnie Brewer (-14) Pacers starters: Darren Collison (+6) Tyler Hansbrough (-6) Paul George (-11) Danny Granger (-12) Roy Hibbert (-16) Pacers […]

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Game 2 Recap: Bulls 96, Pacers 90

What’s wrong with the Chicago Bulls? That became a popular question in the aftermath of their come-from-behind victory in Game 1 on Saturday. It’s going to be even more popular today, tomorrow, and in the hours leading up to Game 3 in Indianapolis on Thursday. Because there must be something wrong with a team that […]

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Game 1 Recap: Bulls 104, Pacers 99

Whew. Yes, that’s right. Even though this recap was delayed a day, I’m still saying “whew.” That’s how I feel…and that’s just the kind of game it was. Here are my thoughts. First, a lot of the post-game talk was about how Chicago’s defense failed. As Rob Mahoney (writing for SI.com) put it: “Chicago may boast the […]

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First Round Game 1: Pacers-Bulls Preview

Indiana Pacers Status Check: Record: 37-45 Division: 9-7 Conference: 28-24 Road Record: 13-28 Last 10 Games: 5-5 Streak: Lost 2 Last game: Lost 92-74 to Orlando PPG: 99.8 (13th) Opponents PPG: 100.9 (17th) Offensive Rating: 104.8 (23rd) Defensive Rating: 106.0 (12th) Pace: 94.7 (6th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .486 (23rd) Turnover Percentage: .141 (24th) Defensive […]

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Pacers-Bulls First Round Playoff Preview

For starters: Take a gander at ESPN’s Pacers-Bulls Series Page. Now… …I’d make a lousy coach. I’ve read other playoff previews. I’ve sorted through stats. I’ve made an honest effort. Still…I can’t find a single reason to fear the Indiana Pacers. Indiana has the worst record (37-45) of any of this year’s playoff teams. I keep hearing that the Pacers made […]

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Danny Granger’s bulletin board material

Found this quote via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Danny Granger: “Boston’s a different monster. They don’t have the best record in the East, but they won championships. They know how to do it. They have four, five guys you have to worry about, from (Paul) Pierce, (Rajon) Rondo, (Kevin) Garnett and (Ray) Allen. […]

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Defensive Fail: Pacers 115, Bulls 108

There haven’t been very many times this season — especially recently — when the Bulls have failed on defense. Unfortunately, it happened last night. The Pacers scored 115 points. That’s the fourth-highest point total the Bulls have surrendered this season, ranking behind only the 116 points they gave up to the Rockets in an overtime […]

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Bulls-Pacers Preview

Indiana Pacers Status Check: Record: 29-39 Division: 6-6 Conference: 20-21 Home Record: 18-15 Last 10 Games: 3-7 Streak: Lost 1 Last game: 82-90 loss to the Celtics PPG: 99.4 (15th) Opponents PPG: 100.8 (17th) Offensive Rating: 104.3 (24th) Defensive Rating: 105.8 (11th) Pace: 94.8 (4th) Effective Field Goal Percentage: .484 (22nd) Turnover Percentage: .141 (24th) […]

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