"That's the NBA," he said. "Every day you go from one game to the next and you've got to be ready. And whatever the circumstances are, you've got to be ready to face that team; when the ball goes up, you've got to be ready. If you want to find an excuse, you can find one every night. If you don't want to find one, you won't find one."
Rose, who admitted on Sunday morning that it was tough to watch tape of a loss to the Sixers earlier last month, feels that his team owes one to the Pacers as well. He knows the Bulls could see both teams at some point in the postseason.
"We know that this is a team we could definitely see in the playoffs," he said. "Knowing how good they are. It's fun, we got to go out there and keep ballin', playing together. And playing defense."