Bulls’ Jimmy Butler showing rookie Marquis Teague the way
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org November 18, 2012 9:54PM
Updated: December 20, 2012 6:32AM
PORTLAND, Ore. — Rookie point guard Marquis Teague thought his time had come.
In the loss Nov. 12 against the Celtics, he came off the bench and played 18 minutes, quality time in an eventual six-point loss.
But he didn’t play in the overtime victory in Phoenix and got in two minutes of mop-up duty in the loss Saturday to the Clippers.
Not exactly what Teague is used to. At this time last season, he was a freshman at Kentucky getting heavy minutes on his way to an eventual national championship.
“It’s tough because you’re watching the game, and you want to get in,’’ Teague said of his growing pains.
“You’re just so used to playing, but you have to do whatever Coach wants you to do. If that’s sitting on the bench and being a great teammate, that’s what you have to do. That’s part of the game.’’
Luckily for Teague, the 29th pick in the 2012 draft, there’s Jimmy Butler.
Butler was a first-round pick two seasons ago and rarely saw action as a rookie, but he’s developing a defined role off the bench as his minutes increase.
“It lets you know that you put in your work, stay consistent with [coach Tom Thibodeau], working out, just showing progress, and your time will come,’’ Teague said. “Just be ready.’’
Thibodeau said Sunday that he had no concerns about point guard Kirk Hinrich averaging only 5.3 points with a .292 field-goal percentage.
“The game tells him what to do,’’ Thibodeau said. “They’re helping off of him, and if he has an open shot, he’ll shoot. I just want him to take the right shots. The game tells you what you’re looking for.’’