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Practice: Vogel on Last Week of Preseason, Ellis

October 19, 2015 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel previews the last week of the preseason, announces a change to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game at Chicago, and discusses newcomer Monta Ellis.

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Practice: Vogel on Last Week of Preseason, Ellis

October 19, 2015 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel previews the last week of the preseason, announces a change to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game at Chicago, and discusses newcomer Monta Ellis.
Oct 19, 2015  |  02:47

Practice: Paul George on Chicago, Monta Ellis

October 19, 2015 - Pacers forward Paul George previews the matchup with the Chicago Bulls and discusses the addition of Monta Ellis.
Oct 19, 2015  |  01:31

Practice: Monta Ellis on His Role, Team Chemistry

October 19, 2015 - Pacers guard Monta Ellis discusses how he approaches practice and the team's chemistry heading into the end of the preseason.
Oct 19, 2015  |  01:12

Practice: Myles Turner on Playing Time, Learning from Mahinmi

October 16, 2015 - Pacers center Myles Turner talks about about his increase in minutes against the Cavaliers on Thursday, as well as learning from veteran teammate Ian Mahinmi.
Oct 16, 2015  |  01:47

Practice: Joe Young on Health, Learning from George Hill

October 16, 2015 - Pacers point guard Joe Young talks about coming back from a groin injury, learning from veterans like George Hill, and being named the team's backup point guard by head coach Frank Vogel.
Oct 16, 2015  |  01:56

Practice: Coach Vogel on Team's Improvement, Matchup Against Bulls

October 16, 2015 - Pacers head coach Frank Vogel discussed the Pacers' improvement during the preseason, as well as their upcoming matchup against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
Oct 16, 2015  |  01:53

Game Preview: Pacers at Bulls (Preseason)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET at United Center
by Wheat Hotchkiss
Pacers.com Writer/Editor
@Wheat_Hotchkiss






Last Updated: Oct. 19 at 2:45 PM

Matchup

The Pacers return to the floor on Tuesday night, when they'll take on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in their penultimate preseason contest. Since dropping their preseason opener against the Pelicans on Oct. 3, the Blue & Gold have reeled off four consecutive wins.

Wins and losses, however, are merely a secondary focus during the exhibition schedule. Indiana's biggest focus has been installing a new up-tempo offensive system. The early results have been promising, with the Pacers averaging 105 points per game over five preseason contests (they haven't averaged more than 97.7 points over any of the past four seasons).

But now, with the regular season quickly approaching (Indiana's season opener at Toronto takes place just eight days after Tuesday's preseason contest), head coach Frank Vogel said he expects to approach his team's final two preseason games as if it were the regular season. Expect Vogel to shorten his rotation and play his starters more minutes than he has earlier this month.

While Vogel has started a smaller lineup with Paul George at power forward over the first five exhibitions, he said that he plans to open with a bigger lineup against the Bulls. George will slide back to small forward while Lavoy Allen moves into the starting frontcourt alongside center Ian Mahinmi. Vogel said that either Allen or Jordan Hill could start at power forward if the team opts to "go big," but Allen will get the call on Tuesday as Hill is out with a sore back.

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - George Hill, SG - Monta Ellis, SF - Paul George, PF - Lavoy Allen, C - Ian Mahinmi
Bulls: PG - Kirk Hinrich, SG - Jimmy Butler, SF - Nikola Mirotic, PF - Pau Gasol, C - Joakim Noah

Injury Report

Pacers: Jordan Hill - out (sore lower back)

Bulls: Derrick Rose - out (orbital fracture)

Last Meeting

March 18, 2015: The Bulls cruised to a 103-86 win over the Pacers at the United Center. Chicago outrebounded their Central Division rivals, 52-38.

Solomon Hill was Indiana's leading scorer with just 13 points, though five more Pacers players scored between 10 and 12.

Nikola Mirotic led the Bulls with 25 points and nine rebounds. Mike Dunleavy added 21 points, while Pau Gasol chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Noteworthy

  • As always, the Pacers and Bulls will meet four times in the regular season, with games in Chicago on Nov. 16 and Dec. 30 and contests at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Nov. 27 and March 29.
  • Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy spent four and a half seasons with the Pacers from 2007-11.

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: NBA TV
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

Tickets

The Pacers host Cody Zeller and the Charlotte Hornets in a preseason game in Fort Wayne on Thursday, Oct. 22. Good seats still remain for that special exhibition: Find Tickets »

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