Last season, the compressed NBA schedule forced teams around the league to occasionally play three games in three nights. This is something teams rarely do during a full 82-game schedule. However this week, the Pacers will complete an unusual trifecta.
The first of the back-to-back-to-back is Monday against the Chicago Bulls. This game was originally scheduled for December 26th, but was postponed due to the snowstorm that blanketed Central Indiana. Both Chicago and Indiana had an open date Monday, but the Pacers already had games scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
A couple of the players we talked to after practice Sunday were less than enthusiastic about the challenge.
“I’m not, but hey, that’s what the circumstances are. We’ve gotta get ready to try to win three games,” said All-Star Paul George.
“It (stinks), but you know, we’ve gotta do what they (the NBA) ask us to do. They’re our boss, so take it for what it is and have fun with it,” added George Hill. The Pacers point guard appeared to tweak his shoulder in Friday’s victory over the Heat, but said he was fine and went through a full practice Sunday. Expect Hill to be in his regular starting spot Monday night.
The good news for Pacers fans is the first two of those games will be in the friendly confines of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Frank Vogel’s team is 18-3 at home this season and has won 13 consecutive games at Bankers Life.
Mark Montieth of Pacers.com and 1070 the Fan stopped by the Fox 59 Studios for a segment on Fox 59 Sports Overtime Sunday. Click the video at the top of the page to watch Fox 59’s Pacers coverage from last night and read more from Larry Hawley on the Pacers recent home-court dominance.