Game 1 Recap: Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers

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If you’re an Indiana Pacers fan you will most likely be as happy as one can be with a 104-99 loss. Darren Collison largely outplayed Derrick Rose for the majority of the first half. Danny Granger shook off a bad shooting first half, where his only bucket up until right before halftime was an offensive rebound putback, to go 10-20 from the floor and 4-8 from beyond the arc to finish with 24 points. Tyler Hansbrough channeled the 2008 UNC version of himself knocking down jumper after jumper in Carlos Boozer’s face to go 10-19 with 22 points. Some of that damage he did after suffering what initially looked like a mild concussion after taking an inadvertent elbow from Kurt Thomas.

With 3:29 left in the 4th quarter the Pacers were up 10 and had not allowed the Bulls to lead for a single second of the game. If not for a furious late rally the Pacers would be up 1-0. They looked, and were, the better team for 44 minutes. Unfortunately the game is 48 minutes. Frank Vogel and Pacers Nation have to be pleased at the effort and fight they showed in not rolling over in the United Center, where Chicago went 36-5 in the regular season.

If you’re a Chicago Bulls fan you have to feel like you dodged a bullet and maybe saw the best the Pacers will play this entire series and managed to come out with a victory. Carlos Boozer was virtually non-existent for large stretches of the game due to foul trouble. Indiana shot 46% from the floor and an even more impressive 56% from beyond the arc. You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that it would be hard for the Pacers to keep up that hot shooting for the remainder of the series.

Derrick Rose did the majority of his damage from the free-throw line, but that was largely to him being his usual menace in the paint. His much improved 3-point shot left him yesterday as he went 0-9. Noah had a solid double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks (2 of them huge in the last 10 seconds). Luol Deng might have played the best all-around game of any Chicago player, chipping in with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 threes. He’ll have to do a better job defensively on Granger though. Korver was about as clutch as you could be down the stretch as, unsurprisingly, all 4 of his made shots came from behind the arc.

Depending on what team you’re rooting for you probably came away from Game 1 feeling good about your team’s chances in the series. If you’re not a fan of either team and just want to see a good series you might be in for a good one as it doesn’t appear that the #8 seed is going to just roll over and let the #1 seed walk all over them. Frank Vogel’s men came to play and if the Bulls think that the rest of the series won’t be like this game they might be in a bit of trouble. MVP candidate on your side or not, relying on late game heroics isn’t the way to go. Game 2 on Monday should be a good one.

Tyler Hansbrough gave Carlos Boozer fits all night long.

Derrick Rose was, well Derrick Rose.

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  1. Eric G, 9 years ago Reply

    Yesterdays game just got me SOOOO hyped !!

    All I got to say is WATCH OUT I dont think anyone or ANYTHING can stop ROSE !!!!!!!!!

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