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Chicago Bulls news: Marquis Teague readies for opportunity

The Bulls' rookie point guard impressed in limited minutes against the Timberwolves.

Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Chicago Bulls rookie Marquis Teague hasn't played a lot this season, but his performance in six minutes against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday impressed Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

"Our bench was terrific. I thought Marco gave us a big lift, but Nate was very good, Taj was really good, Nazr was good. I thought when Marquis came in, he was ready and did a terrific job, so that was very, very encouraging," Thibodeau told Aggrey Sam of Comcast Sports Net Chicago.

Teague had two points, the first basket of his NBA career, on 1-for-3 shooting and one rebound in Chicago's 87-80 win. He has appeared in just one other game this season, picking up three assists in three minutes in a 115-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 2.

Teague was drafted with the 29th overall pick in this year's draft to help fill in for injured point guard Derrick Rose. So far, Teague hasn't been needed much, as veterans Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson have taken the bulk of the minutes.