Hawks-Bulls postgame quotes

What they said after the Hawks’ 107-103 loss to the Bulls Tuesday night:

“I thought our group competed at a very high level for 48 minutes tonight. That is what we are looking for and that is what is most important to us. We’ve got to go and get ready to compete again tomorrow night.”

- Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer’s opening statement

“There are always multiple options on most things that we draw up. Mike Scott was one of the options and he received the ball. … Do I think he was fouled? I just looked at it and yes I do.”

- Budenholzer on play with 11 seconds remaining and Hawks trailing 106-103

“I looked at that call. I think the refs made the correct and appropriate call. In the heat of the moment I did not think that but after looking at it that was a foul on DeMarre and a good call.”

- Budenholzer on three-shot foul called on DeMarre Carroll with 40.8 seconds left

“We got the ball to Jeff. He attacked. We had a shooter open. He tried to get the ball to him and he wasn’t able to complete the play or the pass. It was good defensive on their part. Credit to them.”

- Budenholzer on timeout call with 28.4 seconds left

“A lot of close plays. We had the lead. They made their free throws at the end. That was the name of the game. They got to the free-throw line and they made them. When you lose, you always would do a couple things differently but I thought we got some good looks at the basket. Jeff’s foot barely goes out of bounds, a shot goes in and out, whatever it was, we just didn’t close it out.”

- Kyle Korver on loss

“It’s just a tough call. I tried to run past the guy. It’s just a tough call. The ref made a call, you have to live with it.”

- DeMarre Carroll on three-shot foul on Kirk Hinrich

“I think we did good for the most part. We got them down to one second on the shot clock (on Hinrich three-shot foul). They get a call. Once we did that, it kind of wobbled us a little bit. But we came back. We tried to respond. Instead of trying to score we were being too unselfish. We’ve got to live. We’ve got to learn.”

- Carroll on loss

“I thought I was (fouled). Joakim Noah even said he fouled me. You can’t do anything about it now. That’s all I’ve got to say about it. You can’t do anything about it now.”

- Mike Scott on non-foul call with eight seconds left

“I was trying to set a down screen for (Jeff) and Kyle was going to set a screen for me and I would come off for a 3. The play worked. I just tried to shoot it and that happened.”

- Scott on options on final play

“Yes, but at the same time we shouldn’t have put ourselves in that position. It sucks the way it had to end that way.”

- Scott on whether it is frustrating to lose on non-call

“I think we shared the ball, we moved the ball more and we didn’t let it stick. With a great defensive team like the Bulls you can’t let it stick. You have to keep moving the ball. We did a good job of that.”

- Scott on the Hawks’ better effort against the Bulls

“They just made the plays down the stretch and we didn’t. We had a few turnovers that we don’t normally have. They made plays. They made their rebounds. The won the game.”

- Shelvin Mack on loss

“It’s a tough game. I’ve got to make better plays. Those two turnovers are really going to frustrate me tonight. We had opportunities. We drew up good plays. We just didn’t execute. It’s all on my part.”

- Jeff Teague on loss

“I was going to drive past him and try to get to the rim but at the last second I saw Noah coming and I saw Kyle at the top of the key. I did my best to try to fire it to the top but I stepped on the line.”

- Teague on second turnover in final seconds

“I was just being aggressive. I just wanted to win. I was taking what the defense gave me. My teammates did a great job of setting screens and getting me open and making plays. We really wanted this game. It’s going to bite us tonight. We’ll bounce back tomorrow.”

- Teague on scoring 11 fourth-quarter points

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