Watch as the Bulls take on the Indiana Pacers Saturday on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 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. Can the Bulls bounce back?
After a 3-0 start, the Bulls have now lost two in a row. The 117-104 loss to the Knicks was the first half of this back-to-back and was probably the team's worst performance of the season. Getting back on track against an Indiana team that is off to a slow start at 2-3 would be a good sign that the Bulls' 3-0 start wasn't just a flash in the pan.
2. Dwyane Wade on a back-to-back
Wade is coming off his best game as a Bull. He scored a season-high 35 points in an otherwise lackluster showing from the Bulls in the loss to New York. Saturday's game in Indianapolis will be the first back-to-back of the season. At 34, it will be interesting to see how Wade recovers. Fred Hoiberg has been conservative with Wade's minutes so far, keeping him just under 30 minutes per game through five games. Wade played 33 minutes against the Knicks.
3. Rematch with the Pacers
For the second time in the young season the Bulls are playing a team for the second time. The Bulls beat the Celtics in the season opener at the United Center, but then lost a close one in Boston six days later. After beating the Pacers 118-101 on Oct. 29, the Bulls head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse hoping to avoid the same fate as the trip to Boston. In the first meeting with the Pacers, the Bulls went up 21 at halftime and Doug McDermott scored a game-high 23 points.
4. Keeping Paul George in check
Paul George is the Pacers' leading scorer so far at 24 points per game. His two biggest scoring games, 30 points against the Lakers and 25 points against the Mavericks, were both Pacers' wins. Those two games were also the Pacers only home games so far. Indiana is 2-0 at home and 0-3 on the road.
5. Better ball movement
The Bulls had a season-low 15 assists, and just two in the fourth quarter, in the loss to the Knicks. Rajon Rondo still led the team with five assists, but shot just 2-for-10 from the field. In the previous game, a loss at Boston, the Bulls also dished out a then season-low 21 assists. That is not a positive trend. Rondo's production has dipped recently, but the absence of injured guard Michael Carter-Williams could also be hurting the offense.
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