The Chicago Bulls are off to a slow start after dropping two of their first three games and the Indiana Pacers are undefeated, making Wednesday's matchup on ESPN and interesting early game to watch and the matchup will go down at 7:00 PM from Bankers Life Fieldhouse and stream online on the WatchESPN website.
The Bulls are being looked at as a championship contender in the east and so are the Indiana Pacers and now the Pacers have the early advantage in the central division with four wins already and zero losses and the Bulls will need to make up those games soon or it could take all season to catch up. The New York Knicks have won only one game as well and those two teams will be looked at as challengers along with the Nets and the Pacers to the Miami Heat in the eastern conference. The Bulls have been happy to have Rose back after he missed all of last season, but he has been a bit rusty while dealing with some neck soreness and the bench has not been as good without Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli after they left in free agency.
The Bulls are ranked 23rd in scoring to start the season and 16th in points allowed and while they are in the top 10 in rebounding and assists, that has to start turning into wins for the team in the early goings. The team will play the Jazz after taking on the Indiana Pacers and that also could be a good matchup as the Bulls return home to the United Center. Rose has been wearing some tape on his neck to deal with the soreness, but the NBA told him to stop without a real explanation according to ESPN.com, but it's likely due to uniform codes and restrictions, which the NBA is very strict about.
The game on Wednesday night is a nationally televised game and while Rose has made just 15-of-52 shots this season, he says he feels good and should be fine for the game against the Pacers. Rose said that he is not worried about his injury and feels good after making that game winner against the Knicks and now he will face off against a Pacers team that is ranked first in the NBA in scoring on defense.
The Pacers are stacked with Paul George, Luis Scola and David West and they are being looked at as a team that could knock off Miami, as they came close last season while taking the Heat to the distance and now they could get a another chance. The team plays against the Raptors next and they are currently ranked 19th in scoring and in the top 15 in rebounds per game. The battle between Roy Hibbert and Joakim Noah will be a good one to watch, as will how Rose plays against the tough defense of the Pacers.