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NBA Playoffs Game Thread: Chicago Bulls vs. Indiana Pacers, Game 3

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April 21, 2011 - 7:00PM EST
Conseco Fieldhouse
Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: Fox Sports Indiana/NBA TV
Probable starters:
Derrick Rose PG Darren Collison
Keith Bogans SG Paul George
Luol Deng SF Danny Granger
Carlos Boozer PF Tyler Hansbrough
Joakim Noah C Roy Hibbert

The Indiana Pacers host the Chicago Bulls tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse for Game 3 of their first round playoff series. Honestly, I'm still just enjoying the facts expressed in that first sentence.

But it is finally game time. After two battles at the United Center there won't be many surprises tonight. Both teams know each other quite well by now, so while there will be adjustments to the game plans, execution is vital. Late-game execution has hurt the Pacers in the first two games, but they have to focus on executing for all 48 minutes or what they don't in the final five minutes won't mean anything.

Speaking of game time, Darren Collison gave it a go in shoot-around today and remains a game-time decision to play tonight with his sprained ankle. You have to figure DC will give it a go until he can't go no mo'. A.J. Price will start if DC can't go, but regardless, it would sure help the Pacers if Danny Granger and especially Roy Hibbert can raise their level of production to keep the play-making pressure off Collison.

Here is the preview.

For a Chicago perspective, check out Blog A Bull.

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