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IC Cold Links: The young Pacers take on Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer and the Central Division leading Chicago Bulls

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The Pacers will try to come out of the gate strong against the division leading Chicago Bulls tonight.  Derrick Rose is playing at an MVP level this year, while Carlos Boozer is having an immediate impact on his new team.

Boozer is definitely having an impact on both ends of the floor, one more positive than the other while he has struggled defensively recently.  It will be a fun matchup to watch as Tyler Hansbrough and Boozer will compare muscle girth.  It should be a nice power match down-low.  Hopefully the youth movement continues and we see Paul George, Darren Collison, Hansbrough and Brandon Rush seeing extended minutes with success.  But, as Tom mentioned yesterday, we always have the "old" 30-some year olds, Mike Dunleavy and Jeff Foster.

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

PACERS: Countdown to Tipoff: Pacers vs. Bulls
Countdown to Tipoff has the complete scouting report for the Pacers-Bulls game tonight in Conseco Fieldhouse, including stats, trends, matchups and injury information.

Game Preview

Collison emerging as dynamic force
Conrad Brunner takes a look at the developing role DC is having on the Pacers

Pacers' Collison gets into a groove | The Indianapolis Star |
Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison spent the first part of this season learning how to be the driving force in a playing style that was foreign to him.

Time for Bulls to stop those slow starts - Chicago Sun-Times
Slow starts? Not sure the Pacers know what those are!....Bulls would like to come out firing tonight against the Pacers

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose looks forward to facing Miami Heat - ESPN Chicago
Rose getting very excited about the matchup against the HEAT on Saturday....oh yeah, tonight's game is going to be "very hard"

Cavs discuss deal for ’Cats’ Wallace - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
As the Bobcats start to pull it all together, they may be looking to make some adjustments...

The Boston Celtics' Jermaine O'Neal weighs knee surgery options - ESPN Boston
Man, it's tough seeing JO get so optimistic at the beginning of the season about his health and eventually gets hurt....tough to watch, seems like a real good guy.