Marquis Teague excited to face brother


NEW YORK -- Bulls guard Marquis Teague has been looking forward to Saturday's game against the Atlanta Hawks for a long time. That's because his older brother, Jeff, is a point guard for the Hawks and Saturday will mark the first time the pair has played one another in the NBA.

"It's going to be exciting," the younger Teague said before Friday night's game against the New York Knicks. "It's going to be fun, something different. I never got a chance to play my brother in a real game before, so it's going to be something different."

Marquis understands just how special the game will be on a lot of different levels. He is expecting plenty of family and friends to be in attendance.

"It's something we're proud of," he said. "We worked hard our whole lives to get to this point. We're just happy that it can come. We just want to continue to work and grow as players."

Marquis, who has played well so far this season in limited minutes for the Bulls, expects to engage in a little trash talk with his brother before the game. As for the rest of the family, they'll just be happy to see both brothers on the floor.

"She'll probably be smiling," the 19-year-old Teague said of his mother, Carol. "She'll be happy. I don't think she's going to be crying. She'll be excited."

Gibson's ankle still hurting: Taj Gibson has only missed five games in four seasons with the Bulls, but his sprained right ankle continues to bother him. He only played two minutes against the Knicks on Friday night and he isn't sure if he will be able to play Saturday against the Hawks.

"I was a little (upset) because I wasn't able to guard the way I normally would be able to," Gibson said.

The last word I: Tom Thibodeau on the play of Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng:

"They both have a lot of mental and physical toughness, and that's what makes them so valuable to our team. Sometimes you can't always measure what they're doing for the team statistically, but you know the team is performing well when they're on the floor and that's how you judge them."

The last word II: Hinrich, on if Friday night's game was the most intense of the season: "It was intense, but I wouldn't say it was the most intense. It was probably the wildest. But we've been in a lot of hard-fought, intense games."