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Pacers Links: Bulls in town as Pacers begin playing three games in three nights

The NBA set up a busy week for the Pacers when they re-scheduled the game with Chicago for Monday night.

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The Chicago Bulls are once again in town and hopefully they can stay in Indy long enough to actually play a game. On Dec. 26, the Bulls were at the Fieldhouse ready to play the Indiana Pacers when the NBA stepped in an canceled the game in the late afternoon due to treacherous road conditions.

Then our friends from the NBA offices shoe-horned the make-up game into the schedule tonight which will force the Pacers to play the only back-to-back-to-back game in the league this week. With two days off, the make-up game tonight actually favors the Pacers since the Bulls are dealing with injuries and played back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday. That game at Philly on Wednesday won't be so fun, though.

Regardless, the Pacers have a chance to pull even with the Bulls in the Central Division. Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich have missed both games this past weekend. Hinrich isn't expected to play while Boozer and Noah are questionable with Boozer is more likely to play than Noah. Either way the Pacers will have to be ready to play because the Bulls always come read no matter which players aren't available.

Check out the links:


Starting Monday, Pacers begin NBA's only 3-games in 3-nights stretch | Indianapolis Star |

Chicago Bulls -

Carlos Boozer giddy about what Bulls can be with Derrick Rose - Chicago Sun-Times

Bulls' determination, willpower makes them special | CSN Chicago

Bulls-Pacers Preview - AP

Pacers ride home dominance back into contention | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis

Paul George on Victor Oladipo: 'That kid's got game' | Indianapolis Star |

NBA Schedule 2013: Bulls-Pacers, Thunder-Mavericks highlight Monday slate -

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Brandon Knight of Detroit Pistons says Metta World Peace punched him - ESPN Los Angeles

Greg Oden meets with Celtics | The Point Forward -