NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 22nd (All times eastern)
Chicago Bulls (25-30) at Indiana Pacers (23-34), 12:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls aim for their third straight win this afternoon on the road against the Central Division-rival Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Bulls recorded their second straight victory by handing the Denver Nuggets a 116-99 loss on Friday at the United Center. Ben Gordon led the charge with 37 points, while Luol Deng and Tyrus Thomas scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, in a winning cause.
Joakim Noah ended with 13 points and seven rebounds for Chicago, which got 10 points, six rebounds and six assists from rookie Derrick Rose. The Bulls' new additions from Thursday's trade, forward Tim Thomas, center Jerome James and guard Anthony Roberson, did not play in the game. Center Brad Miller and forward John Salmons, acquired from Sacramento on Wednesday, also did not see action. James is out with an Achilles' injury, and Miller is questionable with an abdominal strain. Salmons (lower back) is listed as probable.
Indiana, meanwhile, is familiar with the injury bug as leading scorer Danny Granger is out with a torn tendon in the sole of his right foot. Granger is averaging 25.0 points per game this season for the Pacers, who have alternated wins and losses over the past eight games.
In Friday's 112-105 triumph at Minnesota, Marquis Daniels netted 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting to help the Pacers end a 10-game road losing streak. Jarrett Jack scored 18 points and handed out five assists, while Troy Murphy pumped in 16 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
T.J. Ford added 13 points and Brandon Rush 10 for Indiana, which is also toiling without sharp-shooting forward Mike Dunleavy, who is out indefinitely with a right knee injury. Dunleavy also missed the first 34 games of the season with the problem.
The Bulls defeated the Pacers, 104-91, on November 15 this season in the Windy City, and have won 10 of the past 16 meetings. Indiana, however, has won 17 of the previous 20 contests as the host in this series.
Chicago is 10-19 as the guest this season, while Indiana sports a 16-11 mark at Conseco Fieldhouse in 2008-09.
02/22 10:31:00 ET