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NBA Playoffs: Can the Pacers find a way to win one?

Apr 23, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

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Three games decided by a total of 15 points.

The Indiana Pacers have been close in this series. Very close. But when it came to end-of-game execution — and players who can execute under that kind of pressure — Chicago has it and Orlando struggles.

The Bulls are up 3-0 and the only question that remains is if they close out in Game 4 or go back to Chicago for Game 5.

Can the Pacers win one game?

The Pacers have done a good job keeping the Bulls offense in check this series. Paul George has done a respectable job on the Herculean task of guarding Derrick Rose, and they have thrown a variety of traps and different looks at him. Other Bulls players have not really stepped up, Carlos Boozer has been unimpressive and Luol Deng inefficient (Kyle Korver when he gets a look from three, is the exception as he is 7-of-8 from deep in the series). On that side of the ball, the Pacers have done what they set out to do.

But offense wasn’t why the Bulls had the best record in the NBA.

It’s defense, and Indiana has not been able to get its offense going against the stingy Bulls. Tyler Hansborough had a good first game draining midrange jumpers but as those got contested he has not hit them much. Pretty much every jumper Danny Granger takes is contested but he can hit some and has. Darren Collison has been taking contested floaters in the lane all series.

Maybe for a game some of those contested shots will start to fall. Maybe the Pacers will get enough points off these shots to get one win. It only seems fair after three hard losses in this series.

We all know how this movie is going to end. The only question is how much longer until the credits.

  1. chitownbulls - Apr 23, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    I don’t think its fair that they win a game, especially after the dirty play in game 3… Everyone is talking about Foster’s foul against DRose, but there was a lot more and the refs should be ashamed. Dahntay Jones is a very dirty player and he took a cheap shot at CJ Watson and the biggest – across Derricks FACE on that last drive. It is what sent him to the floor. He has been talking trash from the bench too. Nasty, cowardly play… If there are two separate rules for reg season play and playoff play then the league needs to make it clear.

    • bils293 - Apr 23, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      Dont be mad because the bulls are having a tough time beating the pacers

      • chitownbulls - Apr 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM

        Not mad, just stated the obvious… More dirty play in game 4…

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