Watch as the Bulls square off against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.
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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
1. What happens when the 3s stop falling? OK, perhaps the Bulls will be a better 3-point shooting team than we originally expected, though one game is not a large enough sample size to come to that conclusion. The real question is what happens when the triples stop going in. The Bulls were able to sneak by the Celtics thanks to their barrage of makes from downtown, but they also shot just 37 percent on 2-point field goal attempts. They'll need to be much more efficient to counter a high-powered Pacers offense.
2. A re-do for Rondo: In his first game with the Bulls, Rajon Rondo came out on fire, tallying five assists in the first quarter to help his team to a 30-point stanza. But he was largely ineffective the remainder of the game, going just 1-for-9 and struggling to contain Isaiah Thomas (25 points on 10-for-15 shooting). An uptempo game like the one he'll play in against the Pacers is right up his alley, so expect him to bounce back with a double-digit assist game.
3. Who guards Paul George if Jimmy Butler needs a breather? It's a safe bet that Jimmy Butler will be locked on to Paul George for most of the night. But if Butler gets into foul trouble or needs a breather at some point, the Bulls will need to find a second defender to shut down the Pacers' top performer. With Tony Snell out of the picture, that player could be Dwyane Wade, or even Denzel Valentine (who didn't see the court Thursday).
4. Can the bigs continue to stay that way? Lost in Wade's late-game heroics was the fantastic performance from the Bulls' big men. Chicago outrebounded a good Celtics team by 19, with Robin Lopez (eight rebounds), Taj Gibson (10) and Nikola Mirotic (9) all contributing. They'll safe a stiff test in sophomore center Myles Turner and new face Thaddeus Young on the interior, providing another good test for Fred Hoiberg's frontcourt. It could be the difference in the game.
5. What will D-Wade do for an encore? The hometown kid had a rousing performance in his debut with the Bulls, going for 22 points, six rebounds and five assists. It's Jimmy Butler's team, and Rondo will initiate the offense, but Wade seemed to make the Bulls' offense hum. He also played some point with the second unit. He'd love to parlay his performance Thursday into another good one against a division rival and likely playoff team.
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