I went down to Philips today but, due to unforeseen circumstances out of my control, I couldn’t get access to the team. (I did, however, get lots of time to hang out with the French-speaking Habs beat guys). This unfortunate turn of events (the lack of access, not the time with French Canadian hacks), combined with tight deadlines last night, means I did not get to query L.D. about the Teague situation.
So I’m not sure if Teague’s sporadic minutes lately are due to matchups (which had been L.D.’s previous explanation), some other special circumstance or are related to his performance.
Teague played early against Dallas but didn’t return after blowing a couple defensive assignments, while JC2 played 18 energetic minutes. Teague played just two minutes after halftime vs. Boston–and had a spirited exchange with coaches after L.D. called him out for missing another assignment–while Jordan played 18 minutes.
That could have just been a matter of getting Jordan some minutes in a blowout, though, and that’s how it seemed when when Teague played 16 minutes at Jersey and JC2 got a DNP-CD. But then Teague didn’t get in until garbage time vs. the Wizards while Jordan played 15 minutes.
If these are not special circumstances and JC2 is indeed taking Teague’s minutes going forward it creates some dilemmas for the Hawks.
It would make an unbalanced rotation even more lopsided if Atlanta’s only backup point guard isn’t getting playing time. It would mean less playing time for the guy whom L.D. (who still declares D matters above all else, mind you) has said is the only guard on the team who can consistently keep opponents in front of him. And it would mean more time on the floor together for Bibby and Jamal, which requires no explanation, and more minutes for JC2, who tries hard but (understandably) gets lost himself at times.
Alas, the answers to these questions will have to wait until I catch up with the team tomorrow afternoon in Manhattan. Sadly, I can’t update you on the Habs, either, because my French is rusty, and by that I mean I speak none at all.
Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, blog people.