Despite the fact Victor Oladipo will miss his eighth consecutive full game, following a frustrating finish in Sacramento and a couple of days off at home to regroup, the Pacers should be ready to roll against the Bulls.
But the team from Chicago will have a little different vibe working themselves after their coach Fred Hoiberg was fired on Monday. As Scott Agness reported from the Fieldhouse, Hoiberg’s ouster creates a different team dynamic for the Bulls which has the Pacers on alert.
“I’m a player that actually hates when teams fire their coaches, and they have to come in and play us,” veteran Thad Young said. “Because they come in ramped up and it’s one of those situations where it’s like a free fall.
“Teams are very, very dangerous when they can just have free play and free-fall action.”
Check out the whole story which includes Nate McMillan sharing similar sentiments about the Bulls not having anyone to lean on for an excuse after they helped get the coach fired.
Another key difference for the Bulls, which will likely have more impact, is that Lauri Markkanen will make his first start for the Bulls this season. The dynamic big man played 26 minutes off the bench in his season debut against Houston and is now expected to start.
Jim Boylen, who was an assistant coach with the Pacers under Frank Vogel, will slide over to the top season on Chicago’s bench, looking to instill more discipline for the Bulls.
Also, the Pacers celebrated the formal dedication of the Reggie Miller mural (say that ten times fast) by artist Pamela Bliss. Sweet!
Plenty of quality pre-game reading for you today before tip time.
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