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Game Thread #59: Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers

Indiana Pacers
21-27 19-39
February 27, 2010 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 1070AM WFNI TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Derrick Rose PG Earl Watson
Kirk Hinrich SG T.J. Ford
Luol Deng SF Brandon Rush
Taj Gibson PF Danny Granger
Brad Miller C Troy Murphy

The Indiana Pacers take on a very familiar foe tonight when the Chicago Bullsvisit Conseco Fieldhouse. This will be the third game between the teams in the past two plus weeks and the second meeting this week.

The Bulls won the first two so life will be difficult as usual for the Pacers tonight. However, they did have a couple of factors fall in their favor last night. First, the Bulls had to go into overtime to beat the Portland Trail Blazerslast night with a couple of players who give the Pacers fits logging heavy minutes. Derrick Rose scored 33 points but played over 46 minutes, while Luol Deng played just shy of 45 minutes. The Bulls appear to be at full strength though since Joakim Noahplayed 27 minutes while continuing to deal with a plantar fasciists issue.

For a little emotional boost, several Pacers were at the Fieldhouse last night to watch the Winning Time premier which had to be an inspiring evening.

For a Chicago perspective, check out Blog A Bull.

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