Teague has grown into a valuable point guard for the Hawks. He’s averaging 14.2 points per game this season, and while his assist numbers have dropped, he’s still dishing out nearly 6 per game after three remarkably consistent seasons in which he was averaging around 7 per contest.
Plenty of teams need point guard help. In fact, two teams in particular are rumored to be looking long and hard at upgrading the position.
The Atlanta Hawks prevailed in what may have been a must-win Game 2 against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night, but they likely have a few bruises to show for it. We know Jeff Teague has at least one.
Late in the first half, Paul Piece took Teague out with an incredibly hard foul to prevent a fast-break opportunity.
Some have speculated that Pierce was sending Teague a message, as the Hawks point guard was the one who went underneath John Wall on Wall’s layup attempt in Game 1. There didn’t appear to be anything malicious about the play, but Wall landed awkwardly on his wrist and wound up missing Game 2 because it was swollen so badly.
Pierce was removed from the game after the foul on Teague, and Hawks fans let him hear it by chanting “Paul Pierce sucks!” Pierce could be seen shaking his head saying “No I don’t.”
If you’ve missed the first three games of the Indiana Pacers-Atlanta Hawks series, this shot by Jeff Teague should give you an idea of how things have been going.
The Hawks, who by the way were 38-44 this season, are up 2-1 in their series with the 56-26 Pacers after winning 98-85 in Game 3 on Thursday night. One of the biggest plays came with 2:48 left when Teague made an off-balanced 3-pointer with a hand in his face as the shot clock was expiring.
It’s been that kind of series for Teague, who scored six more points in the game to finish with 22 and 10 assists.
But what made the shot so great is the shrug he gave after the shot went in:
The Indiana Pacers are a hot mess right now, and this play is just an illustration of their struggles.
During the third quarter of the Atlanta Hawks’ 101-93 win over the Pacers Saturday, Jeff Teague fooled Evan Turner with a sweet crossover.
Maybe Turner’s defensive assignment was to make sure he didn’t get beat to the baseline and that could be why he went so hard, but he was so faked out it was embarrassing. He was so lost his back ended up facing Teague:
Teague led the Hawks with 28 points in the game. Roy Hibbert continued to struggle for Indiana, posting just 8 points and 8 rebounds. They’re looking terrible.
Andre Iguodala might have pulled off thecrossover of the NBA season on Thursday, but the one Jeff Teague whipped out the following day was impressive as well.
Jeff and the Atlanta Hawks were in Brooklyn on Friday to take on the Nets and his younger brother Marquis.
With both playing the same position, the opportunity existed for the brothers to guard each other, which was sure to be fun to watch.
During the fourth quarter, Jeff got the best of Marquis with a crossover that left the younger Teague on the floor in the lane. Yeah, the missed shot takes a little of the shine off, but that’s still something you can hold over your brother’s head.
Imagine if this happened on Thursday, which was National Sibling Day. How great would that have been?
The Atlanta Hawks controlled most of their contest Monday night against the Celtics and looked poised to slam the door shut when Jeff Teague savagely threw down the above dunk over Ray Allen in the third quarter to put the Hawks up by eight. Teague got T’ed up for taunting after the jam, and something about that sparked the Celtics, who then went on a 36-13 run and left Atlanta with a 79-76 victory. In somewhat karmic fashion, Teague airballed a potentially game-tying three-pointer at the end of the game.
Afterwards, the Celtics said that Teague’s taunting was a source of motivation for them as they mounted their comeback. “Yeah, there was a sense of anger,” Allen told the Boston Globe. “A sense of, ‘We’re going back at you guys,’ because that was uncalled for.” When Kevin Garnett was asked about Teague’s dunk, he gave the most Kevin Garnett answer:
“I don’t even know who you are talking about. That guy’s a nobody.”
It was your typical KG bravado. People such as Charles Oakley don’t like him for it, and I get it. In Garnett’s defense, you can make the argument that he was just making an objective remark on how Teague’s jersey number is zero. But no, Garnett sincerely was trying to be jerk.