|April 23, 2011 - 2:30PM EST|
|Radio: 93.1FM WIBC TV: TNT|
|Derrick Rose||PG||Darren Collison|
Since Game 5 remains "if necessary" the Pacers are going to have to put for the necessary effort along with improving their execution to keep the season on life support and move it back to Chicago for another crack at the Bulls.
The Bulls' motivation should come from the extended rest they are looking at if they can complete the sweep today since they'll be waiting on the Orlando/Atlanta series to finish which will likely take another week.
But forget the Bulls. Today is about the Pacers maintaining the effort and intensity they've shown in the first three games and finishing strong. Win or lose today, what we see out of this team will leave a lasting impression. Let's hope it is a positive one.
Here is the Pacers.com preview. I can't wait for this game to start just so we can quit hearing the gooey soft Chicago fans and a few even softer members of the Chicago media complaining about big, bad Jeff Foster and his two measly playoff fouls. Enjoy the W's, people.
For a Chicago perspective, check out Blog A Bull.
Leave your thoughts and observations on the game in the comments. After the jump a few links of interest to peruse while waiting for the game to tip off.
- 'It's do or die' as Pacers seek elusive win | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Pacers notebook: NBA changes Foster's hard fouls in Game 3 to flagrant 1 fouls | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Three plays turned 3-0 into 0-3 - Bruno's Caught in the Web
- Carlos Boozer: Carlos Boozer striving to improve his playoff defense - chicagotribune.com
- VIDEO: Faces in the crowd at Game 3 - Jeff Saturday, Pat McAfee, Butler hoops talk about the game.
- VIDEO: Pacers Crate with Steve Aschburner - talking playoffs
- Mark Montieth thinks the Pacers will win game 4 and send the series back to Chicago - fox59.com
- 2011 NBA Playoffs: NBA upgrades hits by Indiana Pacers center Jeff Foster to flagrant fouls - ESPN Chicago
- Bulls brush off physical play; NBA reviewing fouls - chicagotribune.com
- Bulls facing long layoff if they sweep Pacers - chicagotribune.com
- The Point Forward " Posts Korver turns Bulls lineup into playoff weapon "
- Chicago puts the Pacers on the brink, up 3-0 - Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
- Free Throws Saving Derrick Rose, Bulls In NBA Playoffs - SBNation.com
- NBA Playoffs 2011 Memes: Derrick Rose, Miami Heat Dominate Crunch Time, As Expected - SBNation.com
- 'The Eric and Derrick Show': NBA stars Gordon, Rose were dynamite combo in their AAU days | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
- Pacers’ fate just a cryin’ shame - Chicago Sun-Times
- Paul George — ’small town kid’ comes up big | Blog Archive | The Basketball Jones | Blogs | TheScore.com