The Chicago Bulls lead the Indiana Pacers, 1-0, in the best-of-seven series, as many observers had predicted.
But very few predicted that the Bulls would trail for 47 minutes.
The big question going into tonight's Game Two matchup at the United Center centers around the Bulls players outside of Derrick Rose: have they learned their lesson?
Chicago clearly underestimated Indiana on Saturday. The Bulls seemed to be out-hustled from the start of the game, and needed Rose to bail the team out in the dying moments with some fantastic plays in the lane.
Rose may very well have as good a game as he did in Game One, or better. But it's not in the interest of head coach Tom Thibodeau to let defensive breakdowns against Tyler Hansbrough happen again.
Bulls forwards' Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson, and Kurt Thomas will need to do a better job containing Indiana down low. The Pacers know they let the game slip away at the end, and are still feeling the sting of blowing a double-digit lead in the second half.
This one hurts real bad, Pacers center Roy Hibbert said after the game. That was probably the sentiment for the entire Pacers team, and they go into Game Two knowing they had the game won.
The Pacers will likely go to Hibbert more often tonight. The 7'2 center took only seven shots, which is short of the 11 he averaged in the regular season.
Head coach Frank Vogel will also try to keep Danny Granger involved, as the star small forward gave the Bulls headaches all night.
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Bulls get more production from Boozer, and do a better job containing Hansbrough. Chicago also won't allow the Pacers to maintain a lead as long as they did in Game One by getting Luol Deng to defend Granger better, making this a less competitive game.
Bulls 105, Pacers 99.