Chicago Bulls point guards Kirk Hinrich and Marquis Teague both have strong connections to their Saturday night opponent, the Atlanta Hawks, Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago reported.
For Hinrich, the Hawks were the last team he played for before signing with the Bulls in the offseason. Hinrich is coming off a big performance Friday in the Bulls' 110-106 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. He scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting while chipping in nine rebounds and eight assists with only two turnovers.
Traded by the Washington Wizards to Atlanta in 2011, Hinrich was a part-time starter for the Hawks but he doesn't hold any animosity towards his former team. He was eventually supplanted in Atlanta by Jeff Teague, the older brother of the Bulls' rookie point guard.
Saturday's game will be the first time the Teague brothers have faced off in an official contest at any level, though the two have undoubtedly battled in countless pickup games.
"He knows my game like I know his, though. It's the same," Marquis Teague said of facing his older brother. "We've been watching each other our whole lives, so we're just going to go out there and play hard."