It’s the position Pacers coach Frank Vogel doesn’t like to be in. He’s talked about it numerous times this season. Vogel likes having at least one starter on the court at all times. But he was forced to go against what he likes to do at the start of the fourth quarter at the United Center. Five reserves on the court. Momentum shifting in Chicago’s favor. Paul George was dealing with foul trouble. George Hill was dealing with a strained groin. Roy Hibbert had just played the entire third quarter. Same thing with Lance Stephenson, who was taken down hard by Nate Robinson moments earlier. Robinson was given a flagrant foul penalty 2, which meant an automatic ejection for the dirty play. Everybody would have praised the bench if they had got the lead back or even stayed even with the Bulls at the start of the quarter. The Bulls pushed their one-point up to four by the time Hill checked in for D.J. Augustin. It was up to five when George came in for rookie Orlando Johnson. Then it was up to seven. The Pacers still hadn’t scored in the quarter. Then, with 8:52 left in the game, the Pacers finally go their first points of the quarter on a George six-foot jumper.
Vogel’s forced to go with 5 reserves and Paul George is dealing with an injured finger
Indianapolis Star | Mar 24