Tonight on CSN: Bulls battle red-hot Paul George, Pacers

Tonight on CSN: Bulls battle red-hot Paul George, Pacers
November 6, 2013, 7:00 am
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Mark Strotman

The Bulls have yet to win on the road this season, and tonight they'll travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers, the last remaining undefeated team in the NBA. Coverage begins on Comcast SportsNet at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 6 p.m featuring the hometown call by Neil Funk and Stacey King. Stay with CSN throughout the night as we bring you Bulls Postgame Live following the action, hosted by Mark Schanowski and Will Perdue.

Is it possible to win Most Improved Player two years in a row? If so, Pacers wing Paul George has an early edge on the competition as he leads the 4-0 Pacers into action tonight against the Bulls. George, who made the jump to stardom last year in his third season in the NBA, has been even better in Year 4, averaging 25.7 points on 48.1 percent from the field to go with his 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He has been consistent, too, shooting better than 47 percent, scoring at least 21 points, recording a steal and grabbing at least six rebounds in all four games to open the season.

It has been the Pacers, not the Bulls, that have an early advantage in the Central Division standings. Projected as one of the best and most competitive in the NBA, the division has just one team better than .500 (Indiana), followed by Detroit and Cleveland (both 2-2) and Chicago and Milwaukee (1-2). It's still early, but the Pacers' defense has unsurprisingly led the way. They lead the league in allowing just 83.7 points per game, and no team has scored more than 91 points against the group, led by George, center Roy Hibbert and shooting guard Lance Stephenson.

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That could pose a problem for the Bulls, who have shot just 43 percent from the field thus far, the 20th best mark in the NBA. Former league MVP Derrick Rose has been at the forefront of those woes, shooting just 28.8 percent while attempting more than 17 shots per game.

He may catch a break tonight, however, as starting point guard George Hill is questionable with a sore hip. Hill has missed the last two games, with former Bull C.J. Watson filling in in Hill's absence. Watson has averaged 11.0 points and 5.5 assists in 30.5 minutes his last two games (both starts).

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Rose will have a tough time getting into the paint against Hibbert, who has blocked 21 shots in four games, but a division matchup against the team he and the Bulls likely will be battling with for the Central crown could get Rose back on track.

It's all on Comcast SportsNet tonight, beginning at 5:30. Tune in all night as the Bulls look to get back to .500 on the road, and stay interactive with fans across the nation by checking out Bulls Pulse. Join the conversation using #BullsTalk on Twitter.

[BULLS CHANNEL FINDER: Get the hometown call with Neil and Stacey tonight on Comcast SportsNet]