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Rose looks to give Pacers something to remember

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Rose looks to give Pacers something to remember

The Bulls come into tonights game against the Indiana Pacers (23-12 3rd in East) with a league best record of 31-8 and also a season high six-game winning streak, but records and streaks aside, this game will have a little bit more to it.

The last time the two teams met was on Jan. 25 with the Pacers winning 95-90. It was the first time Indiana had won in the United Center since a 108-101 win on Mar. 22, 2008.

After the final buzzer, several of the Pacers joined each other in celebrating the win over their Central Division rivals. The reveling of the win spilled off the court into the visiting locker room.

The Bulls watched and heard all of it and weren't happy about it.

"I'll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," said Derrick Rose. "I can't wait to play them again."

While Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau stresses that no game is as important as the next one, it's clear that the stakes are even higher when the two teams match up against one another as Indiana views Chicago as a measuring stick of just how close they are to being one of the Eastern Conference elites.

Outside of having a superstar the likes of Rose, the Pacers depth, physicality and attention the defensive end mirrors the principles that Thibodeau has gotten his players to buy into to and it should a playoff-like intensity during tonight's game.

We know that we can play with these guys, said Pacers coach Frank Vogel before tip-off of the Pacers win. They got us in game five (of last year's postseason), were off to a strong start, we feel like were one of the best teams in the east and were excited to compete against these guys.

The difference between this years team and last years team is we have confidence that well score in crunch time, we will score in the fourth quarter, continued Vogel. We didnt have that last year and it cost us the series here. We believe, going into the fourth quarter, that we can get stops and that we can execute well enough to get scores to win these close games.

We were crushed that we didnt win last year, we believed that we were going to win.

Zach LaVine’s parents surprised him with an amazing gift this offseason

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Zach LaVine’s parents surprised him with an amazing gift this offseason

Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine has had a great and busy offseason. He had some grueling workouts with his father, supported his teammates during NBA Summer League and even took some batting practice with former NL MVP Kris Bryant. But the best part of LaVine’s busy offseason was a very, very cool gift from his parents. 

LaVine’s mom and dad gifted him a 1968 Pontiac LeMans, a rare and very collectible vehicle.

Bulls fans were first exposed to LaVine’s love of classic cars last season when he discussed his infatuation with the stable of classic vehicles owned by Jabari Parker

With his ‘68 Pontiac LeMans now in tow, LaVine is well on his way to amassing his own impressive collection. He has a reputation in league circles for being an extremely hard worker already but there is no doubt that this awesome gift from his parents will serve as a little extra motivation as the 2019-20 season nears. 

Bulls Talk Podcast: Bulls Summer League recap with Ricky O’Donnell

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Bulls Summer League recap with Ricky O’Donnell

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski and Kevin Anderson are joined by SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell

0:50        Ricky on his Top 11 players from NBA Summer League story and why Coby White was 11th

2:45        Realistic expectations for White next season

3:40        Will Kris Dunn be on opening night roster?

4:55        Mark disagrees with Ricky on where White will be in the rotation

7:10        On Chandler Hutchison and his role

9:50        Could LaVine see minutes at the small forward spot?

11:00     On Daniel Gafford and his summer league performance

15:20     On Bulls 2019-20 win total over/under at 30.5

16:55     Which team in the East can the Bulls overtake and make the playoffs?

22:00     Going over the western conference and which teams have realistic championship potential

                Editor’s note: Kevin stated he thinks Portland has the best healthy backcourt in the NBA right now completely forgetting about Russ and Harden. He regrets the error.

29:30     The short list of contenders in the East

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: