Posted December 26, 2012 on
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The Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers have finished at the top of the Central Division in each of the past two seasons, largely due to their defensive prowess.
Defense continues to be both teams' calling card this year, though one is currently trying to rebound from back-to-back disappointments.
Chicago will travel to Indianapolis looking to avoid equaling a season-high three-game skid in a matchup with the surging Pacers.
Both Indiana and Chicago own two of the league's top scoring defenses at 89.9 and 91.0, respectively. But the Bulls' defense hasn't looked the part of late.
Chicago (15-12) has given up 212 points over its past two games, its highest two-game total of the season. The Bulls have let their last two opponents shoot a combined 52.8 percent from the floor - a number in stark contrast to their 43.1 season average.
The latest defensive meltdown was a 120-97 loss to Houston on Christmas night. It was Chicago's largest margin of defeat of the season...
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During a break in the action at the United Center during the Chicago Bulls-Houston Rockets game on Christmas Day, the Bulls' Dunk Trampoline Team, known as the "Elevators", put on their high-flying act while wearing Santa Claus costumes. Unfortunately, one of the Santas had a slight miscalculation with his dunk and ended up smashing his face on the rim.
Dang. I was looking forward to this one.
But the weather gods have not been kind to Indiana, as the Pacers' Boxing Day game against the Chicago Bulls has been canceled due to a monstrous snowstorm.
A tough break for the Pacers because they are rested and have been playing relatively well, while the Bulls are coming off two straight blowout losses and were on the second...
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You wouldn’t expect someone who can calculate to perfection how much time it takes to visit the house of every child in the world to miscalculate something as simple as a slam dunk during the halftime show of the of the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls game. Watch Santa Claus hit his face on the [...]
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During a stoppage of play during the Chicago Bulls/Houston Rockets game, some of the Bulls dunk performers were decked out in their Santa gear.Watch as one of them goes face-first into the rim and goes down for the count:
Omer Asik enjoyed his trip back to Chicago. And he received help from James Harden and Jeremy Lin.
Asik returned to the United Center and had a double-double with 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Houston Rockets to a 120-97 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.
It was his first trip to Chicago since signing with the Rockets in the offseason.
''Omer is a big...
With heavy snow in the forecast for Indianapolis, the Indiana Pacers postponed their scheduled Wednesday night home game against the Chicago Bulls. No makeup date was immediately announced, but tickets for Wednesday's game will be valid for the rescheduled game. The team cited the weather conditions and concerns over travel safety as the reasons for the postponement. The...
Last night the Houston Rockets put a hurting on the Chicago Bulls. It was painful. But not as painful as this missed dunk attempt by this Santa Claus at halftime. I don’t think it was very merry for Father Christmas here. Watch below:
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