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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Pacers' George thinks he's bothering Rose

By Mark Montieth

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pacers drew hope from their overall effort on Derrick Rose in Game 3.

The Bulls guard scored 23 points in the 88-84 victory.

Rookie Paul George, five inches taller than Rose, and veteran Dahntay Jones, three inches taller, took turns defending him. George played off Rose to keep him from penetrating as much while Jones tried to keep him from catching the ball and played him physically when he did.

George, for one, believes he can continue to keep Rose in check.

"He got a good estimation of what I can do defensively," said George, who has hit 4-of-18 shots in the series. "It seems like it's in the back of his mind sometimes when he wants to drive. He's not as decisive as he was in Game I, I believe. Hopefully my length will continue to bother him."

Still, Rose had the last word with his game-winning layup, doing what the Pacers have failed to do throughout the series: close out a game.