The Pacers dumped a chance at a great start to the season in Brooklyn on Friday when they faded down the stretch to lose to the Nets. Now they have to bounce back quickly for a challenge in Chicago against the new-look Bulls.
Chicago won their opener over the Boston Celtics thanks in part to Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler combining to make eight three-pointers. I don’t care how much they worked on threes in the offseason, I would live with those two taking excess shots from behind the arc.
Of course, the Pacers have their own problems starting with relying far too much on the starting unit. Rodney Stuckey left early in Brooklyn with a hamstring and Aaron Brooks didn’t dress which left the reserve unit undermanned and with no one able to step up and fill the void. Joe Young and Glenn Robinson III are getting an opportunity but thus far haven’t been able to help.
Stuckey is listed as out against the Bulls while Brooks remains questionable.
Should be an interesting environment at the UC with the World Series being played on the north side. I guess we’ll when the Cubs score by the crowd reaction.
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Pacers vs. Bulls - 8:00 p.m. ET at United Center
TV: FOX Sports Indiana
Radio: 93.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan
Projected Starting Lineups
Pacers: Jeff Teague (PG), Monta Ellis (SG), Paul George (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner (C)
Bulls: Rajon Rondo (PG), Dwyane Wade (SG), Jimmuy Butler (SF), Taj Gibson (PF), Robin Lopez (C)