Countdown to Tipoff: Pacers vs Chicago, Game 3


By Conrad Brunner,

SCOUTING THE PACERS: Playoff games tend to boil down to the last few minutes and as well as the Pacers have played otherwise, taking leads deep into the fourth quarter of both games, they have struggled to finish. In the last 5:42 of Game 2, the Pacers shot 2-of-7 and were outscored 18-12. In the last 3:37 of Game 1, they shot 0-of-8 and were outscored 16-1. Indiana has been outscored 62-43 in the fourth quarter, shooting 36 percent to the Bulls' 54 percent. Rebounding also has been a big issue, with the Bulls holding a 106-67 advantage on the boards. Leading scorer Danny Granger is averaging 21.5 points on 50 percent shooting but has struggled to get looks with the game in the line and does not have a field goal in the final five minutes of either game. The Pacers will be uncertain of the availability of starting point guard Darren Collison until game time. Collison sprained his left ankle late in the second quarter of Game 2 and did not return.

SCOUTING THE BULLS: Derrick Rose has been the show, racking up 75 points, including 17 in the last five minutes of the first two games, but has more turnovers (14) than assists (12). He has scored 31 of his points from the free-throw line, matching Indiana's team total. After battling foul trouble in Game 1, power forward Carlos Boozer was a much bigger presence in Game 2 with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Thanks to Rose, the Bulls have managed to overcome slow starts and double-digit deficits in two games at home but may find those dramatic rallies more difficult to complete in Conseco Fieldhouse.

KEY MATCHUP: If Collison can't go, A.J. Price will move into the starting lineup. The second-year guard has been a solid backup and is a more threatening 3-point shooter but lacks Collison's quickness and offensive creativity. He must step forward and seize the reigns so Indiana's offense does not wander off course as it did in the immediate aftermath of Collison's injury in Game 2 when the Bulls outscored the Pacers 23-7 to take control.

QUOTE MARKS: "Everyone wants to say we played well but we didn't win, so we should crawl into a shell and put our tail between our legs. I think our guys are hungrier than ever. I think they're going to come out in Game 3 hungrier than ever. You go into a series like this and you see the Bulls' record and you see Derrick Rose and you know how they've dominated the league and the biggest challenge is to go in and understand you can play with them. We know that now. We know, hands-down, we can play with this team and we can beat this team. I don't think that resiliency is a big challenge for us." -- Pacers coach Frank Vogel

INJURY REPORT: For the Pacers, starting point guard Darren Collison (sprained left ankle) is day-to-day. The Bulls are healthy

TICKETS: Limited number available

BROADCAST INFO: The game will be telecast at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Indiana with Chris Denari and Quinn Buckner calling the game and Stacy Paetz on the sideline, with a pre-game show starting at 6:30.The radio broadcast is anchored by the flagship of the Pacers' network, WIBC 93 FM, featuring Mark Boyle and Bobby "Slick" Leonard with Kevin Lee reporting.

INTERACT: You can chat live with fans around the country in our live game blog which begins at tipoff. TICKETS: What Ticket To Bring To Tonight's Game (Round 1 Home Game 1)

April 21, 2011 - If you have a ticket to tonight's Game 3 match-up between the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls, then please make sure it has "Round 1 Home Game 1" printed on it. Every ticket sold for tonight's game will have "Round 1 Home Game 1" listed on it.

Doors open to the general public one hour before the start of the game, which will tip off at 7:00pm EDT. We look forward to seeing you in Conseco Fieldhouse.

What Ticket To Bring To The Game