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Teague struggles, Butler shines in Bulls summer debut

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LAS VEGAS -- Less than a minute into his first game as a Bull, rookie point guard Marquis Teague drove to the basket, scored and was fouled. That turned out to be the highlight of Teague's debut in the Bulls' Las Vegas summer league opener Tuesday night.

Teague missed the free throw, struggled with his shot and couldn't find an NBA rhythm, finishing with eight points on 4-of-17 shooting, with one assist, six turnovers and no steals in the Bulls' 79-74 loss to the Boston Celtics.

''I don't think I did too good today,'' said the 19-year-old Teague, the 29th overall pick of the NBA draft. ''I was't really making shots. I threw a few bad passes. This was the first game -- a little rough.''

Summer league rosters are comprised mostly of rookies, young players with experience internationally and second-year NBA players. And the second-year NBA players have the edge. Teague given a quick and decisive lesson from former Purdue star E'Twaun Moore, the East Chicago Central product who played with the Celtics as a rookie last season.

Moore led the Celtics with 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting. It was easy to tell which player had been there before.

''Oh yeah,'' Teague said. ''He knows the sets. He knows what to do with the pick-and-roll defense. He's knocking down shots off his picks. You could tell the difference.''

Still, it was only the first game of the summer league. The Bulls know Teauge has a long way to go to be a contributor.

''This is going to be a learning experience for him,'' said Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin, who is the head coach of the Bulls' summer league team. ''He did some good things. But there are some things he needs to work on. His intensity has got to pick up, getting into the ball.

''And he's playing at a faster ace. But I thought he settled in a lot more in the second half.''

Jimmy Butler, who like Moore played in the NBA as a rookie last year, led the Bulls with 25 points on 7-of-16 shooting, with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers. Butler used his experience to consistently draw fouls -- he was 10-of-12 from the line.

''I was just trying to stay aggressive and by me being aggressive hopefully my teammates would take after that and start to be aggressive too,'' Butler said. '' I feel like if you play nervous -- and I was too at some point in time -- but I tell them, it's basketball, you've been doing this for how ever many years you've been playing, this is what you love to do, so go out there and play hard.''

Butler was the only Bulls player to stand out for much of the game. The Bulls fell behind 53-32 at halftime, but rallied to 76-72 in the final minute.

Forward Malcolm Thomas, who played in three games for the Spurs last year but spent most of the season in the NBA Development League, scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, including four offensive rebounds. He was the only other player in double figures.

Veteran Leon Powe (three points on 0-of-4 shooting, one rebound) and Temple rookie Ramon Moore (eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, two assists) started for the Bulls with Butler, Teague and Thomas.

Former Georgetown center Henry Sims added four points and six rebounds for the Bulls. Former Illinois star Demetri McCamey, the St. Joseph High School product, scored four points with a steal and an assist in 8:30 of playing time.

For the Celtics, former Illinois guard Jamar Smith scored 11 points on 3-of-6 three-point shooting. Former Ohio State star Jared Sullinger scored seven points on 3-of-15 shooting with 14 rebounds.

The Bulls play their second summer league game Wednesday at 5 p.m. Chicago time against the Houston Rockets.

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