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Game Thread #73: Indiana Pacers at Chicago Bulls

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Indiana Pacers
Chicago Bulls
30-42 35-38
March 28, 2009 - 2:00PM EST
United Center
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Jarrett Jack PG Derrick Rose
Brandon Rush SG Ben Gordon
Danny Granger SF John Salmons
Jeff Foster PF Tyrus Thomas
Roy Hibbert C Joakim Noah

The Indiana Pacers play the Chicago Bulls in an afternoon game at the United Center. Not only have the Bulls seized control of their playoff destiny, they've caught the slumping Detroit Pistons and are now in position to finish 7th in the Eastern Conference.

Their trade deadling deal with the Sacramento Kings drew attention to the return of Brad Miller, but John Salmons has made a huge impact since arriving in Chi-Town. The Bulls have won six of their last seven, including the last two games with Kirk Hinrich starting at PG and rookie Derrick Rose coming off the bench while dealing with a wrist injury. According to this report, Rose will start again today against the Pacers.

Here are the Matchups.

For the Chicago perspective, check out Blog A Bull.


  • Bruno's Caught in the Web has the incredible story of Sam Perkins reuniting with the Kyrgyzstan basketball team members who survived a plane crash. Several members of the team perished in the crash and initially Perkins was thought to be aboard the flight. Both Perkins and the surviving team members are leaning on each other to cope with the incident. Bruno covers the Pacers like no other, but he treats this special story incredibly well.
  • Mike Wells reports on Brandon Rush working to finish the season on a positive note.

Leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments.