After playing a combined 10 minutes in two playoff games, both in the first round against Brooklyn, veteran Rip Hamilton was brutally honest about his nearly 22-minute stint in Monday night’s Bulls Game 3 loss to the Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“When the whole purpose of you coming was for the playoffs and not being able to get in and battle with your teammates, it’s hard,” Hamilton explained. “It’s rough. It’s not a cool thing at all, nothing I expected. You’ve just got to keep your head up high and help the guys out and be ready, and he put me in tonight.”

When asked his reaction to being told to check into the game after starter Marco Belinelli picked up his third foul with 10:19 left in the second quarter, Hamilton recounted, "Wow, I’m going in the game!"

Pressed on the subject, Hamilton responded to a query about whether he was surprised to enter the contest, “Yes! I bet you all were thrown off, too! Hey, it’s a crazy game. Sometimes you just have to be ready for that time.”

Despite the Bulls’ 88-65 defeat, Hamilton fared relatively well in his playing time.

After getting a nice applause from the United Center crowd, Hamilton missed his first shot, then drained his second attempt, a 3-pointer, much to the delight of the fans.