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INDIANAPOLIS -- NBA Central Division rivals will square off Saturday night as the Chicago Bulls visit the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Cristian Pache Jersey .The Pacers are 2/3 to start the season but have won both games theyve played at home.Indiana has struggled on the defensive end in the early going. Through five games, the Pacers have the second-to-worst defensive efficiency in the league.Weve yet to be a strong defensive team, Pacers guard Paul George said. We havent shown that dominance on that side of the ball. Im concerned by it. Weve got the guys to do it. We just havent done it.That defense will be put to the test on Saturday against the Bulls, who have averaged 109 points per game.Forward C.J. Miles echoed Paul George with his comments: I cant say were not playing hard, but were just not playing the way we should be playing as a group.Miles knows the combination of Wade and Rondo can provide a tough matchup for anybody. Theyre playing like Wade and Rondo. Theyre smart. Theyre veteran guys. They know how to play the game.The teams met last Saturday, with the Bulls defeating the Pacers 118-101 at the United Center. That matchup was the second night of a back-to-back for Indiana. This time around, it will be Chicago playing their second game in as many nights.Doug McDermott came off the bench to score 23 points in their first game against the Pacers. He returned to action against the Knicks on Friday after missing time with a concussion earlier this week.Michael Carter-Williams will still be out for the Bulls (left knee bone bruise), and Rodney Stuckey will be out for the Pacers (right hamstring strain.)The Bulls won their first three games of the season, but have dropped their last two. Like the Pacers, theyve faced some defensive struggles of their own lately, giving up 107 points to Boston and 117 points to the Knicks.After Fridays game, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was not pleased with the effort. We didnt get back on defense, Hoiberg said. Inexcusable things. No real urgency coming out of the gate.In recent years, the Bulls and Pacers engaged in low-scoring games. But at least in the early part of this season, the teams have now become more offensive-minded.Both teams rank among the best in the NBA in 3-point shooting to start the season. Dwyane Wade has found his stroke from behind the arc. He already has made more 3-pointers this year in five games than he made all of last season in Miami. He was 5 of 7 from 3-pointer against the Knicks on Friday on the way to 35 points.Paul George and Jimmy Butler are a few of the best two-way players in the game and they always provide an interesting matchup when these teams gsvr off.Butler gave props to his former teammates on Friday. I wish D-Rose and Noah all the best, he said. They played well against us. We just want to bounce back on Saturday against Indiana. Dale Murphy Jersey Large . But the quarterback hopes to stay involved in football after officially calling it quits Tuesday. "Id love to look at those opportunities as they arise," Pierce said in an interview from his Winnipeg eatery. Dale Murphy Jersey .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. http:///...rsey-large-827z.html . The team says the Spain international has a muscle pull in his right leg. Barcelona hosts third-division side Cartagena in the return leg of their round-of-32 tie after winning their first meeting 4-1. LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Russian swimmer Vitaly Melnikov has been banned for eight years for a second positive doping test, during training for Olympic qualifying races.FINA says Melnikov tested positive for a growth hormone in a sample taken in Moscow in March.FINA says he was provisionally suspended in April to bar him from a qualification meet later that week for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Melnikov did not contest the FINAA hearing into his case, the ruling says. Mike Foltynewicz Jersey. The 26-year-old Russian is banned through April 21, 2024.Melnikov served a two-year ban for testing positive for EPO at the 2013 European short-course championships.He was stripped of an individual silver medal in backstroke and a team relay gold. ' ' ' 
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