Pacers coach Frank Vogel made a bold, but calculated prediction at Tuesday’s shootaround.
“We feel like if we win this game tonight, we’ll win the series,” he said.
Indiana trails the series 3-1, with Game 5 at the United Center tonight at 7 p.m. (CSN, TNT).
Pacers leading scorer Danny Granger concurred.
“I honestly believe that,” Granger said. “If we win tonight on their home court, we’ve got to go back to Indiana, where we have the better odds of winning. Honestly, a Game 7 is going be a tossup. Whoever plays better that night is going to win the series.”
Realistically, if the Bulls win tonight, the Pacers and their predictions will be quickly forgotten. But if Indiana finds a way to force a Game 6 back in Indianapolis on Thursday, then it’s true, the pressure will start to rise with the top-seeded Bulls staring at the possibility of a seven-game series.
For now, the Memphis Grizzlies sent the Bulls and their fans the appropriate inspiration last night: Leading 3-1 in a first-round series definitely beats the alternative.
The Western Conference top seed, San Antonio, trails the Grizzlies 3-1.
The real key for the Bulls tonight is to avoid an early deficit, because they’ve dominated the end of every game in this series.
Here’s a full rundown of Pacers shootaround from bulls.com:
Pacers confident heading into Game 5