IC Cold Links: Pacers Play A Great Game, but Can't Complete the Final Couple of Minutes

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 16: Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls and Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the Indiana Pacers battle for position on a free-throw in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 104-99. 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)

What a showing last night by our Indiana Pacers!  Just about everyone had a very solid game at different spurts, including Darren Collison, Danny Granger and Tyler Hansbrough. Oh, and Derrick Rose had a pretty good showing.  I liked Paul George on him because of his length, but no one really had much of an impact on him defensively.  I keep wondering if Dahntay Jones gets his shot on Rose?  

The Pacers showed fight and confidence throughout this game.  Every time the Chicago Bulls made a run, the Pacers pushed it right back to a comfortable lead....until, of course, the final few minutes.  I would have been interested to see Hansbrough continue to get the ball in the final few minutes.  He was killing Carlos Boozer towards the end of the game, but they seemed to get away from that when the Bulls made their run.  However, hindsight is alwasy 20/20.  Also, did you guys catch Larry Bird with a little smirk on his face when Hansbrough went off?...almost as if he was saying, "see! I told you guys he was a good pick!"

The scary thing, to me, is who will show up on Monday?  I would be ok if every game was like game one, even if the Pacers were swept.  However, we all know their tendancy to have a great game, then an aweful one.  It would be painful to see a blowout loss.  So, after yesterday's solid showing, which team do you expect to show up tomorrow, Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde?

After the jump, check out the links of the day...

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