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Rip Hamilton: "We Just Have To Get Better"

Chicago Bulls guard Rip Hamilton has a simple message as his team prepares for tonight’s Game 3 of their opening round Eastern Conference series with the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Rip Hamilton: “We Just Have To Get Better”

Chicago Bulls guard Rip Hamilton has a simple message as his team prepares for tonight’s Game 3 of their opening round Eastern Conference series with the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.

“We just have to get better,” Hamilton said before the Bulls morning shootaround.

In Chicago’s opening 103-91 win over the Sixers, Hamilton had 19 points on an efficient 6 of 7 from the field (1-1 from beyond the arc) and 6-of-6 from the foul line.

That was the game where Derrick Rose suffered his season-ending knee injury.

Without Rose, the Bulls suffered a 109-92 loss on Tuesday.

In that game the Sixers outscored the Bulls 36-14.

“That was one of the worst quarters we played all season and they played well and they didn’t miss any shots,” Hamilton said. “We are very upset at the way the game went.”

In that second game, Hamilton scored 10 points, shooting 4 of 10 from the field.

He said that he can’t go in with the mindset of trying to pick up the scoring pace in Rose’s absence.

“You can’t be in a conscious effort to shoot, shoot, shoot,” hes aid. “They are trapping every time so you have to figure a way to get your teammates involved and that opens things up.”

Hamilton, a product of Coatesville High, says it’s always a big deal for him to play in Philadelphia.

“It’s fun and exciting,” Hamilton said. “The whole year most of my family doesn’t get the opportunity to see me play and to get the opportunity to see me play especially in the playoffs at a high level, it is always exciting.”

Marc Narducci Inquirer Columnist
About this blog

Keith Pompey is in his first season covering the Sixers for The Inquirer after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

Narducci also has a true passion for South Jersey scholastic sports, which he has covered for many years.

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