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Vogel on "Tightening the Screws on Defense"

March 17, 2015 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel reflects on Monday's loss to Toronto and looks ahead to Wednesday's game in Chicago.

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Vogel on "Tightening the Screws on Defense"

March 17, 2015 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel reflects on Monday's loss to Toronto and looks ahead to Wednesday's game in Chicago.
Mar 17, 2015  |  01:01

G. Hill on Defensive Breakdowns, Chicago Game

March 17, 2015 - Pacers point guard George Hill talks about the team's defensive struggles in the last two contests and Wednesday's game in Chicago.
Mar 17, 2015  |  01:10

S. Hill: Got to "Get Back to Executing"

March 17, 2015 - Pacers forward Solomon Hill discusses the team's recent losses and upcoming road trip.
Mar 17, 2015  |  01:27

Game Preview: Pacers at Bulls

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET at United Center
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss






Matchup

The Pacers haven't hit the road much in the past few weeks. In fact, they've played eight of their last nine games within the friendly confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

But that changes on Wednesday, when Indiana (30-36) travels to Chicago to face the Bulls (40-28). After their trip to Chicago, the Pacers will play in Cleveland on Friday.

Despite their respective records, the Pacers are actually 2-1 against the Bulls so far this year. The Blue & Gold gutted out an unexpected win in Chicago on Nov. 15 and pulled away late in a home win on March 6. The Bulls, meanwhile, won in the final minutes in Indiana on Dec. 29.

After dropping their past two games, the Pacers have slipped into a three-way tie with Miami and Boston for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Indiana knows it will need a better defensive effort if it hopes to win in Chicago and/or Cleveland. The Pacers allowed 117 points to Toronto on 48 percent shooting in Monday's loss.

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The injury-riddled Bulls have dropped five of their last six contests. Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler remain out, but starting center Joakim Noah returned to the lineup over the weekend and backup big man Taj Gibson has begun practicing with the team. Offensively, the Bulls are relying heavily on All-Star forward Pau Gasol, who is averaging 18.4 points and a career-best 12.0 rebounds per game in his first season in Chicago.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - George Hill, SG - C.J. Miles, SF - Solomon Hill, PF - David West, C - Roy Hibbert
Bulls: PG - Aaron Brooks, SG - Tony Snell, SF - Mike Dunleavy, PF - Pau Gasol, C - Joakim Noah

Injury Report

Pacers: Paul George - out (rehabilitation for broken right leg)

Bulls: Jimmy Butler - out (left elbow sprain), Taj Gibson - out (left ankle), Derrick Rose - out (right knee)

Last Meeting

March 6, 2015: Indiana outscored Chicago 32-18 in the fourth quarter en route to a 98-84 win over the Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers held Chicago to 36 percent shooting on the night.

Solomon Hill led six Pacers players in double figures with 16 points. Ian Mahinmi (14 points and 11 rebounds) and David West (10 points and 10 boards) both recorded double-doubles.

Pau Gasol led the Bulls with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie Doug McDermott added a career-high 16 points off the bench.

Noteworthy

  • Indiana has not won both road games at Chicago in a single season since the 2001-02 campaign, when they swept the season series with the Bulls.
  • The Bulls lead the all-time series with the Pacers 90-81, including a 60-24 advantage in games played in Chicago.
  • Bulls center Nazr Mohammed, a 16-year NBA veteran, was teammates with Pacers head coach Frank Vogel on the University of Kentucky's JV team from 1995-96.

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: FOX Sports Indiana - Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
Radio: 107.5/1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

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