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2011 Preseason Game Thread: Chicago Bulls Vs. Indiana Pacers

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Decmber 16, 2011 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: Fox Sports Indiana
Probable starters:
Derrick Rose PG Darren Collison
Ronnie Brewer SG Paul George
Luol Deng SF Danny Granger
Carlos Boozer PF Tyler Hansbrough
Joakim Noah C Roy Hibbert

Finally, we have some basketball!

Yes it is only a preseason game but there will be real, live NBA players going at it in a hurry to prepare for the regular season to start in less than two weeks. Plus, it's the Chicago Bulls.

The same crew that ended the Indiana Pacers season last year in the first round of the playoffs is back, ready to build on their successful season last year that ended painfully at the hands of the Miami Heat. The Bulls are moving away from Keith Bogans at shooting guard, signing Rip Hamilton to bolster the position that was a misnomer with Bogans on the floor. Hamilton might play tonight but probably not much since his first practice with the team was on Thursday. I do expect Rip to revive his career and be a pain when the games start to count.

As for the Pacers, they expect to be without forwards David West and Jeff Pendergraph, as both guys acclimate themselves to the Pacers while pushing to get in game shape. The Pacers versatile roster has created some intrigue with the starting lineup so I'm taking a best guess and with West out it looks just like it did when the Pacers faced the Bulls in the playoffs. Let's go!!!

Here is the preview. Don't forget, all tickets tonight are $10 and all of the proceeds go to the United Way of Central Indiana.

For a Chicago perspective, check out Blog A Bull.

Leave your thoughts and observations on the game.