Game 4 Recap: Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers

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The Pacers staved off elimination and will live to fight another day. With an 89-84 victory over the Bulls yesterday afternoon, they forced a game 5 in Chicago on Tuesday night and finally have something to show for their efforts in the series. While the Pacers are  happy to still be alive in the series, I can’t help but think that they feel as though the series should be at the worst 2-2 or maybe better.

For the Bulls this could, and should serve as a wake up call. For the majority of the four games so far the Pacers have been the better team. Playing poorly for 3.5 quarters only to wake up for final 6-8 minutes won’t get it done at this level. Maybe going back home to the United Center, and playing in front of their home fans will be enough to push them to get the last victory to close out the series and start thinking about either Atlanta or Orlando. I wouldn’t expect a poor start on Tuesday as I’m sure Tom Thibodeau laid into the team after yesterday’s defeat, as he should have.

The Pacers got out to a fast start, as they have in every game so far this season and were up 23-19 after the first quarter and 49-33 at the half. The Bulls seemed to get no energy from the enormous amount of supporters they had at Conseco, that looked to be split pretty even between Bulls/Pacers fans. An energetic, and much more focused looking team came out in the third and cut the lead to 11 at the end of the third quarter. With two minutes to go, Chicago was down 13 before staging a furious rally that ended with Joakim Noah making a free-throw after making a layup and being fouled by Jeff Foster to cut Indiana’s lead to one. Granger made 4 free-throws down the stretch to see Chicago off and ensure there would be a fifth game and no sweep.

As he has every game so far, Granger led the way for Indiana dropping 24 and adding 10 boards to go along with his clutch late game free-throws. Roy Hibbert stepped up with his best scoring game of the series with 16 points to go along with his 10 boards and 3 blocks. Paul George also had his best scoring game with 9, A.J. Price had 10, and Jeff Foster had 9 boards in only 15 minutes of action.

Rose had another poor shooting performance, this time going 6-22 from the floor and only had 15 points, but did dish out 10 assists. Noah had, by far, his biggest impact on the offensive end this series, helping to pick up the slack with 21 points and 14 boards, but shockingly didn’t have a block. Luol Deng had 16, and Carlos Boozer posted his second double-double in the series with 15 points and 13 boards.

The United Center should be in a frenzy on Tuesday to help the Bulls rebound and close out the series. The Pacers will probably have to withstand a early knockout blow attempt. The Bulls will probably have to withstand a run or two of their own as the desperate Pacers will probably be pulling out all the stops to make sure their season doesn’t end. Should make for a great game.


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