Pacers vs. Bulls: What To Watch for During Chicago's 2nd Preseason Game

Bob Bajek@bobbajekAnalyst IIIDecember 20, 2011

Pacers vs. Bulls: What To Watch for During Chicago's 2nd Preseason Game

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    The Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 95-86 Friday in an extremely sloppy performance.

    The Bulls committed numerous bad turnovers, fouls and began the game flat.

    With one final preseason tuneup Tuesday against the Pacers, here are few things to watch for as the Bulls finish preparing for their Christmas showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Will the Chicago Bulls Passing Be Better?

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    The Chicago Bulls poor passing against the Indiana Pacers could be blamed on the NBA lockout and a shortened training camp.

    One thing is for sure: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will not use that as an excuse.

    Thibodeau looked disgusted with the Bulls' 24 turnovers, including six by Bulls star Derrick Rose.

    There were passes in clogged lanes and players not handling the ball well in the deep post.

    The Bulls' passing should be more efficient with another game under their belts.

Will the Chicago Bulls Play a Cleaner Game?

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    The Chicago Bulls had some serious foul trouble Friday against the Indiana Pacers, having 30 total team fouls.

    Derrick Rose was slapped with two of his three fouls in the first two minutes and sat out most of the first quarter. Rose's backup, C.J. Watson, was lighting up the floor with 13 quick points on laser-like shooting, but he also got three quick fouls and ended the game with four. 

    Bulls big men Omer Asik, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah each had five fouls.

    The fouls got Rose out of his groove, as the star point guard had 3-of-9 shooting and six turnovers in just 26 minutes of action.

    While the Pacers had 25 fouls in a tightly called game, the Bulls need to cut down on silly mistakes.

    The Bulls frontcourt also needs to work on their post presence by contesting shots without accidentally hitting their opponents for a foul.

How Will Chicago Bulls PF Carlos Boozer Respond After a Poor Outing?

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    The Chicago Bulls need power forward Carlos Boozer to be effective for them to make a title run.

    After Boozer vowed he would be better this year, he had a poor outing against the Indiana Pacers.

    Boozer missed his first five shots, including a layup, and finished the game with seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Boozer wasn't able to establish himself well in the post, as the Pacers' Tyler Hansbrough and Jeff Foster owned the paint. 

    Defensively, Boozer could not stop Hansbrough as the North Carolina star had 19 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. 

    For Boozer to be effective, he needs to stay out of foul trouble. He had five fouls last game.

    Staying out of foul trouble would help Boozer to be more aggressive in the post.

Will Chicago Bulls SG Richard Hamilton Play?

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    The Chicago Bulls signed former Detroit Piston Richard Hamilton to be their starting shooting guard last week.

    The 33-year-old Hamilton did not play at all during the Bulls' first preseason game against the Indiana Pacers, as Ronnie Brewer started.

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told the media he would make a decision if Hamilton would play Tuesday after that morning's shootaround.

    If Hamilton does not play at all Tuesday, expect Brewer to start against the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day.

Will Chicago Bulls SF Jimmy Butler Have Another Solid Performance?

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    The Chicago Bulls drafted Marquette swingman Jimmy Butler with the 30th pick this June, with this selection looking like a steal.

    In his Bulls debut against the Indiana Pacers, Butler shot 3-of-3 from the field while scoring eight points in 20 minutes of play.

    Butler provided blanket defense on Pacers small forward Danny Granger, helping to hold the Pacers' top scorer to 5-of-17 shooting.

    On the court, Butler did not appear to be a rookie as he had only one foul and no turnovers.

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will probably give Butler another long look, as he will be working on establishing the Bulls' regular-season rotation.

    Bob Bajek is a Feature Columnist for the Chicago Bulls. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed at and Twitter.