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NBA Playoffs Game Thread: Indiana Pacers vs. Chicago Bulls, Game 2

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April 18, 2011 - 9:30PM EST
United Center
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: TNT
Probable starters:
Darren Collison PG Derrick Rose
Paul George SG Keith Bogans
Danny Granger SF Luol Deng
Tyler Hansbrough PF Carlos Boozer
Roy Hibbert C Joakim Noah

After a gut-wrenching loss in Game 1, the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls go at it again tonight for Game 2 at the United Center.

Strange as it may sound, the Pacers could play better tonight and lose by ten-plus points since it is hard to assume they will shoot the ball as well as they did on Saturday. The key tonight is for the Pacers to keep grinding and taking care of the ball, being patient offensively while digging a little deeper at the defensive end.

The Pacers have to avoid their regular-season tendency to to come out flat and then not try to do anything about it from an effort stand-point. It is hard to imagine losing focus for such a big game in the intense environment of the UC.

I'm looking forward to what adjustments Frank Vogel employs tonight. The practice video on Pacers.com showed Dahntay Jones working with the blue unit which may indicate the athletic Jones may be in the mix tonight for some defensive support. Jones not only brings energy to the floor but also does a nice job needling opponents which is always fun this time of year.

Here's the Pacers.com preview.

For the Chicago perspective, check out Blog A Bull.

Leave your thoughts and observations in the comments. Also, after the jump, a few links of interest.