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That in part explains why Indiana has 67 turnovers into 89 points and why Chicago is shooting 39.8 percent, although Indiana isn’t much better at 41.3 percent.

Rose was not shooting particularly well before the sprain, although he is averaging 28.3 points in the series. Now he might be slowed _ not that the Pacers are buying that idea.

“A guy as good as Derrick Rose, I know that he knows that this series needs to be over, so I think that ankle won’t play a role in the back of his mind,” said Paul George, the 6-foot-8 swingman who has helped frustrate him in this series. “I think the adrenaline will be pumped, and I think he’s going to come out here trying to end us.”

So does interim Pacers coach Frank Vogel.

“Once you get out there, adrenaline starts flowing, pretty much the rest of the game you don’t feel it,” he said. “I expect him to be 100 percent.”

If he’s not? If he has to alter his game?

“I know that I have my teammates,” he said.

The Bulls have fared well when short-handed, winning despite losing Boozer and Joakim Noah for significant portions of the season because they have one of the deepest rosters, not to mention an MVP favorite at the point.

Rose played in all but one game even if he wasn’t always a picture of health.

“He’s tough,” Chicago’s Kyle Korver said. “He’s a hard-nosed kid, never complains. He plays so many minutes. He plays with injuries you guys don’t know about. That’s something that as a teammate, you really respect. You know. You see him in the training room. You see him in the locker room. You see how he walks around when he’s not on the actual court. He’s 22 years old, he’s the same age as my third brother, but I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”