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Dec 15, 2012 7:49pm
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INDIANAPOLIS —Even as the Chicago Bulls wrapped up another impressive victory,
the question that has dogged them remained unanswered: Will Derrick Rose be
ready for the playoffs after fighting through injuries all season? Rose, last
seasons league MVP, finished with 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting to help the
Bulls defeat the Indiana Pacers 92-87 on Wednesday night. Brooks Reed Womens Jersey . Rose has missed
26 games this season and hes just beginning to return to form after most
recently dealing with injuries to his right ankle and foot. Though he couldnt
finish like he normally does on his quick, furious drives to the basket, his
unparalleled explosiveness was back. “Every day is getting better,” he said. “Im
not trying to do too much out there, just trying to play with the team, trying
not to get reinjured. Thats the biggest thing, and making sure Im playing with a
lot of confidence.” Rose, who had seven assists and just one turnover in 27
minutes, had 11 points and eight assists on Saturday in a win over Dallas after
missing the previous three games. “I think hes getting a lot more comfortable,”
Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. “His body is feeling a lot better and he needs
to play. He needs to play in games. Hell get up to speed very quickly.”
Kyle Korver scored 20 points, Carlos Boozer had 16 points and Joakim Noah had 14
points and 14 rebounds for Chicago. The Bulls ended the game needing just a win
over Cleveland on Thursday or a loss by the San Antonio Spurs to clinch the top
overall seed in the playoffs. The Bulls said earning the top seed is a secondary
goal. “Were just trying to do what we can do as a team,” Noah said. “Were just
playing for ourselves. We just want to be playing well for when it really
counts.” Lance Stephenson had a career-high 22 points in his first career start
for the Pacers, who rested Danny Granger and Leandro Barbosa because they were
locked into the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference. Indiana will have
homecourt advantage against Orlando in the first round. “Our last two games, the
primary goal was to sharpen up for Game 1 of the playoffs,” Indiana coach Frank
Vogel said. “Our starters got some good reps tonight and so did our bench. We
accomplished the goal of getting a good look at Lance Stephenson.” Chicago led
49-36 at halftime after shooting 50 per cent from the field and outrebounding
the Pacers 25-16. The Pacers shot just 5 for 21 from the field in the second
quarter and were outscored 17-12. Indiana went on a 7-0 run early in the third
quarter to cut Chicagos lead to 55-47 and force a timeout. The Bulls hung tough,
and a fast break layup by Richard Hamilton pushed their lead back to 67-54.
Chicago led 67-59 at the end of the third quarter. A dunk by Taj Gibson
increased Chicagos lead to 73-60. Indiana made one more push. A fast break layup
by Stephenson cut the Bulls lead to 78-71 with 5:57 to play, but Chicago
maintained control. Thibodeau said the Bulls will play their regular lineup on
Thursday. “It will be about the same,” he said. “Well see where we are. I want
our starters to get more time together, so it will be similar to tonight. Well
see how the game unfolds. I just want us to continue to take it step by step.”
Thibodeau said the Bulls need the game against Cleveland to get sharper. “Theres
always things you can do better and we need to work on, but were getting there,”
he said. “Our starters havent played a lot together all year so it was a good
opportunity for them to get some quality time on the floor. I thought that was
good for us.” Rose wants one more chance to prepare for a pressure situation
before the post-season begins. “If the game was in a crazy type of game and at
the end I need to take over, thats what Im going to try to do,” he said. Notes:
Indiana shot 50 per cent in the first quarter, but trailed 32-24 at the end of
the period. Chicago outrebounded Indiana 12-6 in the first quarter. ... The
teams combined for just one turnover in the first 12 minutes. ... The Pacers
honoured their ABA championship teams from 1969-70, 1971-72 and 1972-73 at
halftime. All surviving members of those teams were invited. ... Indiana had
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quit as coach of the Washington Capitals on Monday after less than one full
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announced starting guard Gerald Henderson could miss approximately 2-4 weeks
with a sprained left foot. SYDNEY, Australia—New Zealand opened its Rugby
Championship campaign with a comfortable 27-19 victory over Australia on
Saturday, extending its dominance over its trans-Tasman rival. The All Blacks
rarely looked tested against a nervous-looking Australia as Israel Dagg and Cory
Jane crossed for first half tries, with Dan Carter adding 17 points for the
world champions in front of 76,877 people at Sydneys Olympic stadium. The All
Blacks have now won nine of the past 11 Tests against Australia, including
victory in the semifinals of the 2011 World Cup, en route to its second world
championship crown last November. “Im really pleased that we were able to get
that win away from home and even more pleased to make sure they didnt get a
point as far as the championship goes,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said. “I
thought there were some very good displays from our guys.” Nathan Sharpe scored
Australias lone try, with flyhalf Berrick Barnes kicking 14 points. Australia
coach Robbie Deans lamented the basic errors that put his team on the back foot
throughout the contest. “Some of the errors out there today were not acceptable
under any circumstances in any competition.” New Zealand hosts Australia in
Auckland next Saturday, with another victory enough to retain the Bledisloe Cup
for the 10th consecutive year and take a strong position in the inaugural
southern hemispheres four-nation Rugby Championship. Rarely have the victories
been as comfortable as this for the All Blacks, especially in hostile terrain,
but throughout the match the Wallabies looked in awe of the calibre of the world
champions and rarely tested visitors defence. “It was probably not the most
perfect game in the world but when you get two sides coming off the breaks weve
had and playing at the intensity were playing at, youre going to get errors,”
Hansen said. On blunting Australias attack, Hansen revealed his team had worked
on nullifying the impact of Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia, Australias key
weapon. “We worked hard to keep sure that Will (Genia) didnt get too many snipes
around the edge. I think he only got one, so were pleased with that.” A penalty
goal by Wallabies flyhalf Barnes in the 2nd minute opened the scoring after
referee Alain Rolland penalized New Zealand at the matchs first scrum. All
Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter tied the scores at 3-all with a penalty goal shortly
before the world champions took the lead for good through Israel Daggs try in
the 14th minute. From a midfield scrum, Carter ran across the Wallabies line and
found enough space to release Dagg down the sideline and the fullback had enough
strength to easily shrug off a poor tackle attempt by Australias Kurtley Beale.
Carter converted the try for a deserved 10-3 lead. Australia, who has lost its
past three tests against New Zealand in Sydney, appeared rattled and conceded
another soft penalty for a ruck infringement. Kevin Walter Jersey. . Carter made no mistake
with the kick attempt for a 13-3 lead on 20 minutes. The Wallabies first half
was characterized by several errors, with Scott Higginbotham guilty of spurning
a good scoring chance, but it was Beales simple drop off a Carter kick which
proved the most costly. From the subsequent scrum the All Blacks again showed
their guile and found enough space for winger Jane to dive over in the corner
for an 18-3 lead. The hosts struggled for any forward momentum in a disjointed
first half before evergreen lock Nathan Sharpe kept Australia in the contest
when he barged over from short range off Will Genias pass. Barnes converted to
leave the Wallabies trailing by eight at the break. The Wallabies approach was
more positive in the second half and a late hit on captain David Pocock in the
44th minute gave Barnes a simple penalty attempt to reduce the arrears to five.
New Zealand quickly reasserted its control through another Carter penalty to
lead 21-13 after 48 minutes, before Barnes again narrowed the scores to 21-16
with another penalty. Dagg had an opportunity to seal victory for the All Blacks
in the 50th minute but his pass failed to find the unmarked Maa Nonu out wide,
after the impressive fullback had again broken through the Wallabies defensive
line. Another Carter penalty goal in the 62nd extended the lead to eight points
and only a brilliant cover tackle by Adam Ashley Cooper prevented Hosea Gear
from scoring in the corner and ending the Wallabies resistance. Barnes gave
Australia a late opportunity to steal victory with another penalty goal, leaving
the hosts five points behind with four minutes to play. However it was the All
Blacks who had the last say, with Carter adding another penalty goal, to take
his career tally to 1,301 in Tests and deny Australia a bonus point for a loss
of less than seven points. “To give them credit they put us under pressure, but
more the unforced errors that really created the field position pressure and I
guess one-on-one tackles and set piece tries, shouldnt happen,” said Deans.
Despite the comfortable nature of the victory and New Zealands long dominance
over the Wallabies, captain Richie McCaw warned his team against complacency
ahead of the return match on Aug. 25 in Auckland. “Historys shown that when you
play back to back tests in a week and you dont get your prep right you trip up,”
McCaw said. “We had a lesson like that when we played Ireland (in June).” “Thats
our challenge is to get past this game and work out ways that we can turn up and
play better, because there is no doubt the Wallabies will do that.” ’ ’ ’ 

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