With Hinrich Out, Teague Gets the Call
Out of frustration and desperation, the Bulls showed a glimpse of the future Monday night. And — as hard as rookie Marquis Teague tried — it is still a little ways away.
With Kirk Hinrich out with an injury, coach Tom Thibodeau left Teague at the controls in crunch time against the Boston Celtics at the United Center. And while Teague didn’t back down from the challenge against Rajon Rondo, his inexperience showed as the Celtics fended off a Bulls rally for a 101-95 victory.
‘‘Every game I play is a learning experience,’’ said Teague, who finished with five points on 1-for-4 shooting, two assists and one turnover. ‘‘I’m a rookie. I just take it and run with it. I was happy to get the opportunity to compete. But I wanted to get the win.’’
Nate Robinson started in place of Hinrich and struggled to contain Rondo, who finished with 20 points on 10-for-16 shooting, 10 assists and nine rebounds. But Teague, who played six minutes through the first three quarters, played the entire fourth quarter.