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Pacers Seek First Preseason Win Against Bulls

Last updated on Friday, October 10, 2008

(FORT WAYNE, IN) - The Indiana Pacers face the Chicago Bulls in game two of their exhibition schedule tonight at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

The Pacers are coming off disappointing opening night as they were blown out by New Orleans 105-71 Wednesday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis.

The Pacers shot just 31 percent from the field and committed 25 turnovers against the Hornets.

The Blue and Gold will be without Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy again tonight. They have missed most of training camp with injuries. The Pacers could also be missing rookie center Roy Hibbert.

The league office is looking into the flagrant foul Hibbert committed against New Orleans' Melvin Ely on Wednesday night. The former Georgetown star was ejected after elbowing Ely in the mouth.

Head Coach Jim O'Brien thinks that a lack of familiarity may have contributed to Wednesday night's sloppy play. Only four players on the court against the Hornets - Danny Granger, Jeff Foster, Marquis Daniels and Shawne Williams - were with the Pacers last season. All of the others, with the exception of Austin Croshere, were making their Indiana debuts.

Croshere is back with the Pacers after being traded for Daniels two years ago and is also trying to get acclimated to O'Brien's up-tempo style.

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