CHICAGO -- Down 2-0 to the team with the best record in the NBA during the regular season, the Indiana Pacers will take hope where they can find it.
And that means clutching to the fact they've been competitive with the Chicago Bulls in the first two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series and are heading to the only arena in the Central Division where the Bulls lost this season.
"It is far from over," said Danny Granger, who led the Pacers with 19 points. "We've been right there with them, up until the final few minutes.
"It's disappointing, but we know it's coming back to our home court. We have a legitimate chance to tie this thing up."
The Pacers beat the Bulls 115-108 on March 18 in Conseco Fieldhouse.
"We feel bad about these losses, but in the two games combined they probably shot 40 percent [actually 41 percent]," Granger said. "We haven't been able to finish out the game and get the win.
"Coming back to Indiana, with our fans and our home court, it could be a different story."
When asked what has to change, Granger echoed his sentiment that made headlines before the series when he said the Bulls would only go as far as Derrick Rose took them, and that the Boston Celtics were a more formidable opponent.
There may have been some truth to that theory, but setting a goal and accomplishing it are two different things.
"It's getting redundant, but we have to stop Derrick Rose," Granger said.