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Pacers Links: Pacers move on to face Bulls after rolling over against Nuggets

The Pacers have to bounce back in a hurry after a blah effort led to a blowout against the Nuggets. A quick trip to Chicago will require a far better effort against the Bulls.

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The Pacers found out they can't show up and show well after getting beat to the punch by the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. The Nuggets were a desperate team that played like it and with a guy like Kenneth Faried setting the effort tone, the Pacers were left behind in a hurry.

Now the Pacers face a Bulls team that seems to always bring a strong effort with extra-effort type players like Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler ready to pounce on any weak play. The Pacers put that type of effort on display down in Miami and showed how well they are capable of playing, but it can't be a once-a-week thing. There is no cruise control among the options on this 2014-15 model of the Pacers.

Also, C.J. Miles missed a couple of shots before leaving the floor with some sort of calf strain. Add him back to the list of key injuries for the Pacers which may create another 10-day opening for A.J. Price to remain with the Pacers. If Miles, Rodney Stuckey or David West remain out another week, there is room for Price after the Pacers reup their hardship case.

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Check out the links:

Nuggets at Pacers - Box score

Game Rewind: Pacers 87, Nuggets 108 | Indiana Pacers

Harris Has Memorable Debut | Indiana Pacers

Game Preview: Pacers at Bulls | Indiana Pacers

Nuggets blast Pacers 108-87

Balanced Nuggets rout Pacers 108-87 - AP

Pacers-Bulls Preview - AP

Nuggets snap losing streak in style, winning big vs. Indiana - The Denver Post

Recap: Nuggets beat the Pacers 108-87, and it's about time too - Denver Stiffs The Wish Factor (How the Pacers got caught sittin' in a boyz seat)

Post-Game Grades: Reality Returns to Indiana in 108-87 Loss - 8 Points, 9 Seconds