“When you share moments like that and then you have to compete against each other, it’s tough. But it is what it is. It’s OK.”
Teague duels with Rose
Game 3 opened with a duel between Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague. Rose scored 17 of Chicago’s 29 points in the first quarter, and Teague tallied 11 of the Hawks’ first 16 points.
Such eruptions are expected for Rose, the league MVP. But Teague’s effective play has been surprising since he wasn’t part of the Hawks’ rotation this season and had played few meaningful minutes in the playoffs.
“He’s playing well,” Rose said of Teague before the game. “He’s getting everybody into the game, passing the ball well, shooting the ball well, attacking, knowing his role. He was somebody that was in my [2007 high school] class coming in, so I’m happy for him.”
Hawks guard Jamal Crawford apparently caused a stir in Chicago with comments about his team’s loss in Game 2.
“If that’s their best shot, we’re in good shape,” Crawford said Thursday. “As bad as we played, to be down six with four minutes to go, we had our chances. We’ll take some positives from it.”
Chicago reporters asked Bulls players about the quote Friday and also surrounded Crawford. Crawford said his comments were “magnified” because of the increased attention in the playoffs.
“It wasn’t like I was saying I don’t respect them,” he said. “That would be foolish. They had 18 more [regular-season victories] than we did. We just feel like they came out with their best effort, and we didn’t play that good and we still had a chance to win. So I feel like we’ll be OK.”