The Chicago Bulls lead the Indiana Pacers 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals as the games now shift to Indianapolis. This is a series that could just as easily be sitting at 2-0 in the other direction.
“The best thing that the Bulls have done in this series, at this point, in my opinion, is they are officially in the Pacers’ heads,” Steve Aschburner, of NBA.com, said on the Mully and Hanley Show.
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The Bulls have won games one and two by a combined 11 points, and trailed for longer than they’ve been ahead. The Pacers should feel like they can play with the Bulls, but Aschburner says that Indiana isn’t sure if they can keep up with Derrick Rose.
“It just seems like whatever confidence they may be getting from hanging close with Chicago, they also have doubts that they can actually get it done.”
With the Bulls just two games away from eliminating the Pacers, probably not capable of playing much worse (38.6% from the floor and 21 turnovers in game two) and now inside the Pacers’ heads, this series could be as good as over.
“I don’t think the Bulls are in trouble in this series,” Aschburner said. “I don’t think they’re even in trouble of this becoming a long series. Where they need to figure things out, obviously, is for the tougher competition as the East [playoffs] go on.”