By CLIFF BRUNT
INDIANAPOLIS — Saturday’s game between the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers isn’t a typical preseason matchup.
Derrick Rose, who has missed the last year and a half with a torn left ACL, is set to play. Danny Granger, the Pacers’ leading scorer for most of the past decade, is back after missing most of last season while recovering from surgery on his left knee.
The Pacers say they expect the same Derrick Rose who was the league’s MVP in 2011.
Indiana will provide the ultimate test. The physical Pacers feature 6-foot-9 enforcer David West at power forward and 7-foot-2, 290-pound Roy Hibbert at center. They expect him to be aggressive and test himself.
Vogel said after practice that Granger will come off the bench for Lance Stephenson and play about half the game. As recently as two years ago, Granger led the Pacers with 18.7 points per game. He was an All-Star in 2009, when he averaged 25.7 points per game.
Below is video of Pacers coach Frank Vogel discussing the matchup.
Below is video of Pacers forward Paul George discussing the matchup.
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