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Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
After the shellacking, Hawks players mulled over the full breadth of the season. One commonality in their reflections is that “this was only our second year together,” as Jeff Teague said from the podium. “You can really say it was our first year because Al [Horford] didn’t really play half of last year,” DeMarre Carroll said down the hallway in front of his locker.
Sam Amico: Jeff Teague says Hawks disappointed, but proud of season. “It’s only our 2nd year together. We’re looking forward to getting back in gym.”
“I enjoyed every moment playing with him,” Teague said. “He made me a better player. I think he enjoyed being around all the guys, him and (fellow unrestricted free agent) DeMarre (Carroll). I’m looking forward for them to be back and take another crack at it.”
There is an strong chemistry between Teague and Schroder. Before the game, both understood the need for an aggressive effort. “I kept telling Jeff, ‘Keep going,’ [and] he was telling me the same thing,” Schroder said. “It was motivation for us. I was telling him, ‘Go to the basket, they can’t stop you.’”
Suddenly, the Atlanta Hawks went from so-so in the playoffs to looking a bit more like a No. 1 seed. “That’s how we play. That’s how we’ve been playing all year,” forward Paul Millsap said. “Things we didn’t do, pretty much all series, we did tonight.” Jeff Teague scored 26 points, Millsap added 19 points, six assists and five rebounds, and Al Horford had 18 points and 10 rebounds as three of Atlanta’s four All-Stars played significant roles to help the Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 106-101 on Monday night and evened their second-round series at two games apiece.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was not concerned with Teague’s play following Tuesday’s game. “It’s an interesting stat line for him,” Budenholzer said. “To get seven rebounds for him, is huge. For him to get five defensive (rebounds), if we can get our guards back in there and rebouding and committed to that, that’s important. I thought his floor game, when he came back in at the nine or 10 minute mark of the fourth quarter, I thought he made all the right reads, all the right decisions. Sometimes, Jeff is scoring. Lots of times Jeff is reading the game and facililtating. I thought nine, eight and seven, there are a lot of positives to get that.”
Jeff Zillgitt: Hawks say Jeff Teague has a right ankle sprain. It must be the least problematic ankle sprain ever. He checked back in within minutes.
On the other side of the spectum, we have Atlanta. The Hawks’ four All-Stars (Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver) combined for $35,753,521 in salaries in 2014-15, which is way less than Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire alone made in New York. Each win cost Atlanta less than $1 million. No other team in the NBA can say that, even though Golden State came close
Chris Vivlamore: Paul Millsap: “Our confidence is high. We feel like we can do something. How far we go, it’s up to us.” #ATLHawks
Jeff Teague will likely return to the Hawks lineup Monday after missing the past two games with a left ankle sprain. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said a definite decision on the status of the starting point will be made closer to game time but all indications are he will play against the Bucks. “He went through shootaround and we expect him to play but we’ll probably re-evaluate him just to make sure before the game,” Budenholzer said.
Jeff Teague will miss a second straight game due to a sprained left ankle as he has been ruled out of the Hawks game against the Hornets Saturday. Teague suffered the injury in Wednesday’s win over the Magic. The returned to the game and scored nine of his 16 points in a decisive fourth-quarter run. He was inactive for Friday’s win over the Heat.
Jeff Teague has been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Heat with due to a tender ankle. Hawks coach Mike Budenholder did not say whether Teague would miss additional time. Dennis Schroder will join the rest of the Hawks regular starters in place of Teague. “Jeff is tender and will not play tonight,” Budenholzer said. “He is not able to go. We will just wait and see how it goes and err on the side of caution. We’ll see how he does today.”
Budenholzer installed his version of the read-and-react offense, with hints of Popovich and Mike D’Antoni. “We’ve basically got two plays—strong and weak,” Teague explains. “That gets us into positions, but from there, we all have to make split-second decisions on what we do out of it: maybe a high pick-and-roll, or a dribble handoff, or Kyle coming around a screen. We look at the defense and just do what feels right. Other teams will call out, ‘Thumb four!’ and we know exactly what they’re going to do. No one knows what we’re going to do because we don’t even know ourselves. It’s like controlled pickup.”
Shortly after sharpshooter Kyle Korver joined the Hawks 2½ years ago, he told Teague how he liked to receive passes when racing around pin-down screens. “He’d never been taught stuff like that,” Korver recalls. “It wasn’t his fault. It was how he’d been programmed.” Rather, it was how he’d been re-programmed. When Shawn watched the Hawks, he cringed, wondering where the kid from The SportZone had gone. “He hated how we played,” Teague says of his father. “He wasn’t even a Hawks fan. He was a Spurs fan.”
“It was chippy and that was what really got us going,” DeMarre Carroll said. “If they were quiet and just did what they did, they wouldn’t have woke up Jeff Teague, they wouldn’t have woke up myself, they wouldn’t have woke up Paul (Millsap). I think that’s when it got chippy and Josh Smith was doing all this.”
What’s interesting is that while most teams experience lower efficiency rates with increased attempts, Atlanta has actually become a more efficient driving team this season — improving their 41.9 percent drive conversion rate (25th ranked in 2013–14) to a 46.1 percent clip (14th ranked in 2014–15). This can best be explained by Dennis Schroder’s emergence as one of the league’s most prolific drivers. Schroder is the only player in the league who plays less than 20 minutes per game yet still has attempted more than 350 drives for the season. He also converts his drives (48.8 percent) at a higher rate than All-Stars Kyrie Irving, Jeff Teague and Russell Westbrook.
This game was a thing of beauty, indeed. “I’m enjoying every minute of it,” said Jeff Teague, who scored 23 points to lead seven Atlanta players in double figures. “We’re so unselfish. We don’t care about glory or accolades. It’s just a joy to play on a team like that.” Atlanta, a perennially middle-of-the-road (or worse) franchise, has suddenly become the talk of the NBA. The Hawks are coming off a 19-game winning streak and have the league’s best record (42-9) — without anyone averaging close to 20 points.
“We already know that we are a good time,” Teague said. “We believe in ourselves. We come out every night and believe we can win every game. This was just another game.”
Trey Burke is just the second Jazzman to compete in the Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday Night (Deron Williams also won in 2008 and competed in 2010). In addition to Trey Burke vs. Brandon Knight, the other Skills Challenge matchups include Toronto’s Kyle Lowry facing Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, Atlanta’s Jeff Teague with Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams, and Phoenix’s Isaiah Thomas against Washington’s John Wall.
Chris Vivlamore: Hawks guard Jeff Teague will participate in the Skills Challenge as part of All-Star Weekend. #ATLHawks
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