Atlanta Hawks: Teague’s time?

There was a time when there was no question mark on that headline.

By December it had a qualifier.

Eventually the question faded away as the DNPs and cameo appearances piled up for Teague. This happened even though Teague had shown enough promise and production to warrant more opportunities, at least in my view.

And now here we are again. Teague was impressive against the Blazers and now he’s the talk of (true) Hawks fandom, which of course includes my blog people.

One great game doesn’t mean Teague is The Man, especially since there will be tougher match ups. But you’d think this at least means no more DNP-CDs or quick hooks from L.D.. If L.D. wants the Hawks to run and play sound defense, which they must to have any kind of a chance to be better, then don’t Hinrich and Teague have to get all of the minutes at point guard?

No doubt some of L.D.’s concerns about Teague are (were?) legit. Teague doesn’t seem to have much “dog” in him. He doesn’t (didn’t?) always pressure the ball full court, attack the rim or push the pace the way L.D. wanted. Teague does (did?) tend to defer to his teammates too often.

In other words, Teague has had plenty of games where he didn’t do any of the things he did on Saturday. But the constant question has been: How can Teague gain confidence, and how can the Hawks know for sure what they have, if L.D. doesn’t let him play through some rough patches?

I’ve always felt L.D. sincerely wants Teague to succeed. He’s said the kind of things he did after Saturday’s game all along (I figured my blog people would pick up on some of the contradictions in those statements and you didn’t disappoint). But even as Drew praised Teague, he continued to jerk him in and out of the rotation for reasons that weren’t always clear and even as the Hawks struggled with in areas where Teague’s skills could help.

(I’ve seen theories among my blog people that perhaps L.D. hasn’t given Teague more of a shot because he concerns about job security made him stick with Bibby. That wouldn’t make sense considering Woody’s reluctance to give Teague more burn was a strike against him in management’s view.)

In any event, Teague says the sporadic playing time hasn’t weighed on him.

“I don’t think my confidence wavered,” Teague said. “It’s difficult when you go back and forth but you have got to be a professional and stay ready. Smoove and those guys told me, ‘Just play your game.’ I went out there and I played my game [Saturday].”

Said Josh: “He stayed with it. It’s easy for a guy to hang their head. He’s had every excuse and every reason to not play confident.”

J.J. has been a consistent supporter. Each time Teague has flashed the kind of ability he did Saturday, J.J. says the Hawks just need to trust in Teague.

“I was in a similar position as Jeff,” Joe said. “Back in my first and second year in the league, my minutes were sporadic. Whenever I got a chance to play I always produced and tried to do my best. When Phoenix traded away Penny and Steph, I just kind of blossomed.

“I look at Jeff as the same way. He’s got unbelievable talent, speed, explosive. He has all the tools. He’s confidence is the only thing left. Once he gets his confidence he is going to be a beast.”

Perhaps dominated the Blazers will be the thing that brings out Teague’s inner dog.

“Every time I get on the court I feel like I play with a little fire,” Teague said. “I’m a laid-back person; I have a laid-back personality. But when I go on that court I think everybody plays with emotion and a chip on their shoulder.”

Now we’ll see if L.D. is finally ready to give Teague regular minutes.

“I just have to keep being that little birdie on his shoulder and keep letting him know how good he can be for our team,” L.D. said. “I don’t want him hesitating; I want him being vocal. He was out there [Saturday], which was shocking. I saw him clapping and having both fists in the air and that was a welcome sight.

“I don’t want him to bow down to any of our other players on our team. Joe is a captain, Josh Smith is a captain and Al is a captain. But [Teague] is the head of that snake at the top of the floor and I want him to know that I have all the confidence in the world in him.”

Check back later for updates from practice today.

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

121 comments Add your comment

Leo

March 14th, 2011
10:46 am

Melvin

March 14th, 2011
10:49 am

“But [Teague] is the head of that snake at the top of the floor and I want him to know that I have all the confidence in the world in him.” -LD

Well play him regular rotational mins and live with his growing pains. DNP-CD is a result of the coach decision not players, fans or management. Stop with all the double talk and play the kid….

Keep Playing Teague (KPT), LD…

Leo

March 14th, 2011
10:49 am

Wow I was first. I have always thought Teague was the better guard on our team. I look at him as a 15 and 8 guy every night with the talent he is surrounded with. Larry Drew needs to put these guys in a position to win. Make the older guys respect him so we can get out of this funk. I see go plays drawn up sometimes and others the guys just settle. I believe that comes from lack of focus and not listening.

MAKE THEM LISTEN LARRY

I MUS WRITE

March 14th, 2011
10:55 am

Teague needs to be the starter at PG for the rest of the season. He’s had his ups and downs but we wont know how good that yungn can be until he gets consistent minutes. I believe he wasnt comfortable with bibby here,knowing that he would get the hook after a turnover or bad play. heinrich should be the back up teague 28 min/heinrich 20…… Stop playing jamal at PG -we can all see he is a different player playing at the 1 -he should be coming off the bench for JJ.

I MUS WRITE

March 14th, 2011
10:58 am

Damien>>>>>>> Marvin Gaye Williams………………………. This guy is horible,Lol at everyone saying he neeed time to develope-well its been 6 dam year. GAME OVER-

Rufus1

March 14th, 2011
11:05 am

Playing Teague might get LD FIRED!!!

If Teague continues to play at a high level, ASG is going to be very upset. They just gave up 2 1st rd picks to solve our PG problem and the solution may have been on the roster……I would be PISSED!!

LD’s stubborn insistance on trying to make Jamal” The turnover” Crawford a PG and the lack of control over Josh, won’t help his cause. Also, JC2 playing at a high level in Washington, plus the terrible offensive play lately(LD is an Offensive coach)does not look good for him.

Prediction #1…. Teague will play because LD is coaching for his job now.

Prediction #2…LD will be coaching highschool next year.

Geemack

March 14th, 2011
11:06 am

I agree Teague needs more burn, but not at the expense of Kirk.

3 stacks

March 14th, 2011
11:07 am

A fast point guard who can penetrate and distribute the ball has been this teams biggest need. Teague who has demonstrated those skills at times has been sitting on the bench for the majority of two seasons. Like many have said play the kid. Notice the term kid because kids will make mistakes but coaches and teamates help that kid became more mature so in the real season, the playoffs, he’ll be ready to help. But thats so simple it wont get done. Why? because the coaches are too busy trying to overthink and be rocket scientist. I imagine that if LD read this he would say “it can’t be that easy”. Teague’s energy and effort, sadly, is the only hope we have of any type of post season run, and because of what we gave up for HInrich, Teague is our hope for the future as well. SO LET HIM PLAY!!!!!!!!!

Rufus1

March 14th, 2011
11:10 am

“Each time Teague has flashed the kind of ability he did Saturday, J.J. says the Hawks just need to trust in Teague.”

MC

That sounds like code for LD needs to trust him.

niremetal

March 14th, 2011
11:14 am

Right out the gate against Portland, he was hawking his man and driving the ball aggressively. Same was true against Phoenix and GS a couple weeks ago. But no one can say with a straight face that he’s always done that. You don’t need minutes to move your feet on defense or even to take the ball to the rim instead of simply handing it off to Jamal. If Teague had come out every time really getting after his man on defense, that would be one thing. But he didn’t. He defended with his hands (resulting in lots of reach-in fouls) and then handed the ball off to Jamal on the other end.

He played well Saturday night. He’s played well several times before. The problem is that he hasn’t been consistent even with the things that you don’t need minutes to do consistently, and young players on playoff teams can’t expect to be gifted minutes just to build their confidence.

All that said, he beasted Saturday night and I hope he keeps it up. We need him to.

Rufus1

March 14th, 2011
11:17 am

Teague Runs…

Teague gets the balls and starts RUNNING, that forces the athletes on the team to chase him= FASTBREAK, transition basket.

Starrman

March 14th, 2011
11:21 am

LD.Teague can make you look good JJ and JS and MW are going to get you fired.You have JJ and MW who have this look of I dont care if we win or loose on their face every game.You have a PF who should only shoot 3’s and bring the ball up the floor only at practice.LD you sound good on paper but I don’t think they are listening.

Freshfromatl

March 14th, 2011
11:27 am

Teague’s time…finally?

Best news I’ve heard all morning!!

niremetal

March 14th, 2011
11:29 am

Btw MC, nice find on the Marbury-to-Knicks trade article. It’s hilarious to read Dr. Jack’s breakdown of that trade 7 years later knowing how things turned out:

I’m surprised that the Phoenix Suns would give up Stephon Marbury. He’s a great acquisition for the New York Knicks.
This trade immediately benefits the Knicks. I have a high regard for Marbury — he’s a tremendous talent. I believe Marbury is the second-best point guard in the NBA (behind Jason Kidd; remember, New Jersey traded Marbury for Kidd in 2001).

With this deal, it appears Phoenix is throwing in the towel on this season. Can the Suns do something profitable with the two first-round draft picks from the Knicks? Only time will tell.

But the Knicks (14-21) are much better prepared now for a potential playoff run. To earn a playoff spot in the East, I expect that a team will need at least a .500 record. The Knicks would need to go 27-20 in their remaining games to finish at .500 exactly.

Clearly, new president/GM Isiah Thomas is going to work in New York. Marbury and Allan Houston should be a great backcourt combination. Marbury will give the Knicks a shot in the arm. He can create his own shots and create opportunities for teammates.

Of course, the trade turned out to be a hamstringing disaster for the Knicks, and the Suns were in the WCF two seasons later…

Rod from College Park

March 14th, 2011
11:37 am

Teague should get more burn period. That is not even in question. Marvin Williams should never start another game for the Atlanta Hawks. I have been saying this for the last 3 years. If Joe continues to play terrible, you can not afford to have Marvin on the floor with him. Marvin was one of the reasons that Woodson got fired, and if LD continues to trot him out there every game as a starter, it will be his downfall also. Either move JJ to the 3, or start Damien at the 3. If you ask the players or the coaches if they read the blogs, all will say no, except for maybe Jamal, but the funny thing is, if they did, the Hawks would be in a much better position right now. GIVE TEAGUE MORE MINUTES, NO MATTER WHAT, AND BENCH MARVIN WILLIAMS.

3 stacks

March 14th, 2011
11:46 am

We as observers can say what kind of playing time a player needs, or we can say that a player should know this or that and execute those things when given a chance even if it is a few minutes every so often. But the truth is we dont know, each player is different, and yes some great players have come to fame because of taking advantage of an oppurtunity, however the mental aspect of sports and athletes is of most impoirtance and should not be overlooked. If a young player is thinking(mental aspect) that he will get pulled if he does this or that he’ll play like that probably even with his physical abilities. If he knew that he was going to get consistent minutes to play he probably will perform like he did against Portland. He could suck consistantly as well but how do we really find out? LET HIM PLAY!!!!!!!!

hmmmmm.........

March 14th, 2011
11:48 am

i agree the team should put marvin on the bench and move JJ to the 3 spot and let jamal and kirk rotate sg and kirk and teague splitting minutes at pg

Ken Strickland

March 14th, 2011
12:08 pm

MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM-Maybe you can explain the logic behind some of LDrews decisions when it comes to JTeague. He says he wanted more fire, aggressiveness, consistency, and more of a take charge attitude from him, yet he certainly didn’t demand that from 2 of his starters(Marvin and Bibby). He said he felt he deferred too much to his teammates, but Bibby was definitely guilty of that as well.

We’ve entered the stretch run to the playoffs, which natually brings about a certain degree of pressure. As a result, we’re seeing LDrew make many of the same ill advised decisions, and excuses, that characterized Woodson’s tenure.

If you have one of the NBA’s quickest, fastest and most athletic teams, why would you insist on giving major mins to one of the NBA’s slowest, least athletic and productive PG’s, who’s also a total DEF liability? This is especially puzzling when you consider he was in rapid decline for over a 1.5 seasons.

Yet, you make excuses for not playing, or seriously trying to develop, one of the NBA’s quickest, fastest, and most athletic young PG’s, even though you claim to have confidence in his abilities and want him to become your starting PG of the future. Why rely on one PG who’s in obvious decline and can only get worse, yet all but ignore a young PG with all of the needed talents and abilities you covet? WHERE’S THE LOGIC?

I MUS WRITE-I like the lineup of SF-JJ, PF-JSmoove, C-Horford, PG-Teague, SG-Hinrich. If Jamal comes in to replace Teague, Hinrich slides over to PG. If Marvin comes in at SF, JJ slides to SG, and Jamal, if he’s in the gm, sits, or Hinrich either sits or slides over to PG. JJ slides between SF and SG, Marvin slides between SF and PF, and Hinrich slides between SG and PG, Horford slides between PG and C, and JSmoove slides between PF and SF.

tyger

March 14th, 2011
12:13 pm

Good for Teague…

he has the goods: speed, athleticism, hops – its the intangibles you worry about – hoops IQ, decision making, tenacity – probably will never be a “shooter” but you don’t have to when your getting layups. Admittedly, I’m not sold, but better late than never. Let’s see what he does vs. quicker competition.

The Key....

March 14th, 2011
12:15 pm

Teague is the key to any run we might make in the playoffs. He should have been given this role a two months ago when Bibby’s three’s started missing. Starters should be Al, Josh, Joe, Kirk, Jeff. Play your best five LD, it’s all the hope you have…

joelmarable

March 14th, 2011
12:18 pm

Take the chains off teague at let him go. josh needs to stop bringing the ball up court thinking he’s a point. josh your handle is no where near good enough to b a point.u r not a 3 point shooter. l d. needs to yank josh out when ever he takes a bone head 3 , or try 2 b magic johnson at the point. josh should let the game come to him. j.teague should play all out aggresive every time out and go to the hole and force the action.marvin’s time should b very limited mayvbe it will piss him off to the point he comes to play every nite instead of once every 2wks. why play the guy coach.

I MUS WRITE

March 14th, 2011
12:19 pm

KS -I like the Teague,Kirk,JJ,Smoove,AL line up. solid defensively and capeable of scoring alot of pointsd in transition. It would work with smaller teams like GS etc… against bigger teams snatch kirk and relace him with Armstrong or ZAZA.

Im not convinced that LD is a better coach than Woody at this point so we’ll probably be looking for another coach soon… WTF topnotch…. PG….C……HC has eluded this team for years. the curse of nique continues.

NIMBERS BABY NIMBERS………………….

Rufus1

March 14th, 2011
12:22 pm

LD’s Desperation….

I don’t think LD knows how to coach a ball dominate PG. I think Teague is playing because he doesn’t know what else to do.

I MUS WRITE

March 14th, 2011
12:23 pm

Joemarble-I totally agree-josh needs to give the ball up more, he is a great passer but his handle is still suspect IMO. The last game he trew the ball away tryn to hit JJ on the baseline while kirk was standing next to him calling for the ball. this is a HC issue….LD doesnt have the ballz to get at josh verbally.

Worldwide Clyde

March 14th, 2011
12:37 pm

In the next 3 games we will see if LD is true to his word. Remember entering training camp he said Teague needed to play more but he was benched for old man Bibby. Then after All-Star break Teague had 3 solid games on the road but was benched after that.

So why should I believe Drew now when it comes to Teague?

prison mike

March 14th, 2011
12:38 pm

Cunni, how often do you cover or watch the practices??

K-Dogg

March 14th, 2011
12:52 pm

Woody and LD have been the ones to blame for all this point guard mess the last 4 years!!!! You cant do this to these guys who are use to being the man and then expect them to play at a high leval all the time. they have to gain experince and take their lunmps but for some reason we the only team in the NBA that will need a point guard!! Draft im and then do this to him!!! Bibby has been a backup since after his 1st year with this team but we never played these guys and it comes back to biat you!!! I dont know if Teague will pan out but i do think we would know at this point had we been playing him alot more!!! We should always play guys like this anyway b/c worst case you know asap if they are good or not im surprised we have not in doing this babying players traded away someone and they end up being real good!!! Then again get back with me in 2 years on lil Crawford who we just shipped off!!!!!!!!! Our owners and mangers cant do common sense stuff right!!!!!

SteveW

March 14th, 2011
12:52 pm

After screaming for Teague last year, over the summer and this season, and watching one of the worst in the history of professional sports try to destroy him and this team, all of this has turned sadly funny.

LucasOflaretty

March 14th, 2011
12:55 pm

Teague had his “breakout” game against Portlant and now Teague has the confidence and poise to be a starter and an all-star in the league. Teague should be getting a ton of minutes so that Teague can develop into another NATE “TINY” ARCHIBALD. Teague has all the makings of developing into another Nate Archibald or Spud Webb. Both were great players in the NBA. Spud once won the slam dunk contest and Tiny Archibald was a hall of fame player. Teague is gifted and his speed is unmatched anywhere. Teague is the fastest player in the league.

W.R.Terrell

March 14th, 2011
12:57 pm

Jeff Teague made a difference last saturday but he could have made a difference last year. The “SOFT’S coaches have ruined some decent point guards confidence. We play Milwaukee tuesday. Do you think LD will leave that sorry ass Marvin on the bench and start someone who is dying to play. There’s Hilton Armstrong to start at center moreso then Zsa Zsa and we do need the athleticism, Al could move to PF. My fear is that the “smoove” person will continue to be DUMD and play STU-PID ball like he’s some perrenial allstar, the dummie will never make an allstar team because he has no Basketball IQ. The “smoove” still hasn’t learned to give the ball to the point guard because he wants to distribute and make a great pass (basketball idiot). He’s such a loser and it has hurt us all year. ISO has got to stop POUNDING the ball, either go to the hoop or pass the damn thing. We should beat Milwaukee and if STUPID (that smoove thing) starts launching threes and jump shooting then pull his sill ass out and put someone with basketball sense into the game. “SMOOVE” ain’t nothing but a drama “QUEEN” and a sorry ass one at that. Let’s see what LD does, he pulled him for a good moment the other night and we flourished and we will continue to flourish as long as “smoove” sits and watches, he is really no better then a garbage time player. As far as Jamal you live and die with him, he is truly a gamble. We need to win tuesday and if LD has any sense he will cancel the MOZO and BOZO show(Was that a good shot?) I still can’t believe that a grown man does not know what a good shot is and don’t understand where his game should be played. I can tell you this much, if LD does not harness the “smoove’s” silly ass he will definitely be out of a job next year.

SteveW

March 14th, 2011
12:58 pm

Sund and ASG may look back and wish they had fired Ld before the All Star break and kept Jc2 and the first pick, while hiring an NBA Head Coach.

tony

March 14th, 2011
1:02 pm

Nothing else works other than using Teague’s speed to create offensive havoc for foes. LD need to make JS play near the painted area where Teague can dish the ball off or shoot his floater. If LD let JS have his way one more time, they need to make a coaching change.

HIRE BILL LAIMBEER!

Ra'mon

March 14th, 2011
1:04 pm

Tony, Josh plays in the lane MORE than our starting center, and supposedly leader.

ICECOLD

March 14th, 2011
1:08 pm

Great….. now all we need to do is get rid of Marvin , and zaza for a starting point guard. And then we would be in a position to be a contender. Oh and a true hack up small forward …

SteveW

March 14th, 2011
1:11 pm

MC – Do you have any thoughts on why LD has been so inconsistent with Teague to the clear detriment of the team?

Just a flaw in LD, since he was doing the same with Mo over Wilkens also?

Also, any word on his relationship with Smoove, and how he intends on getting Josh in the post more? It was so funny, against Chicago, the writeup is we gotta get in the post. So like the first possession of the Hawks, Josh jacks up a 26 footer. Like in your face Coach!

Just curious on your take if you can give it. And again, thanks for the openness and honesty in your reporting. Much appreciated.

Rev in Tampa

March 14th, 2011
1:13 pm

For those of you who have more league-wide knowledge than I…

How does Teague match up with Brandon Jennings since the Hawks are playing the Bucks tomorrow night? I’m not asking about statistics. I am asking about the physical aspects of their game and about their past match-ups.

Wabe

March 14th, 2011
1:13 pm

Geemack

March 14th, 2011
11:06 am
“I agree Teague needs more burn, but not at the expense of Kirk.”

I think you have your logic backward Geemack. Kirk should get minutes, but not at the expense of Teague.

This team has been in “win-now” mode, or so it seems like it based off how the coaches use their rotations, for a couple of a years now. Nobody can explain why because the Hawks don’t have the talent on their roster needed to be a real threat to win the Eastern Conference. The Hawks weren’t good enough when they were fighting 3 teams, and now you look at the East and it could 6-7 other teams that are currently as good or better than the Hawks. Therefore, “I’ll go out on a limb” and say the Hawks aren’t going anywhere this postseason, with or without Kirk getting minutes.

The real problem the Hawks have been trying to address for what seems like forever is their PG issues. They bought in Mike Bibby to fill the hole at PG until the Hawks could find their PG of the future. Bibby came, he went, and the Hawks still don’t have their PG. They trade for Kirk Hinrich, whose come in to provide the Hawks the same thing Bibby did. A veteran prescence at the PG, but someone whose here just to provide a stop-gap to our current PG woes. What the Hawks should really be focusing on right now if they learned anything from the Bibby situation is, they need to find themselves, develop, groom (WHATEVER) a PG that will fill that position for a long time.

Nothing against Kirk whatsoever. I like his game. I like what he brings to the table. But, we have a guy in Teague who has shown more than enough flashes and can fill the Hawks PG role. The problem though, when Kirk got here, LD basically gauranteed him the starting PG role, even though Teague seemed to be playing pretty well, even though it seemed our bench might look better with options like Hinrich and Jamal coming off of it, even though it seemed that it would balance both units out, LD still went with Hinrich. LD needs to get the stones to put guys in the right spots. He needs to make decisions that will benefit the entire team. Right now, it’s pretty obvious that Teague deserves more PT. Whether it’s at the expense of Hinrich or Jamal or whoever, I don’t care. Because those aren’t guys that are part of this teams long-term future. Those are guys that’ll be a gone a handful of years from now and we’ll still be caught in the same predicament we’re in now, with no PG.

This team needs to stay consistent with its message. They keep screaming “core…core”. Ok, well, Teague’s apart of that core. He’s a late addition, but he should be given the opportunity to earn his spot now. He won’t give you 24 – 3 dimes – 5 steals – and 3 blocks every night. But, he deserves chances to duplicate that performance consistently now.

Rev in Tampa

March 14th, 2011
1:14 pm

I haven’t heard any word on Al’s ankle. I assume he is planning on playing tomorrow night. Is he 100% yet?

northcyde

March 14th, 2011
1:18 pm

niremetal

March 14th, 2011
11:14 am

Right out the gate against Portland, he was hawking his man and driving the ball aggressively. Same was true against Phoenix and GS a couple weeks ago. But no one can say with a straight face that he’s always done that. You don’t need minutes to move your feet on defense or even to take the ball to the rim instead of simply handing it off to Jamal. If Teague had come out every time really getting after his man on defense, that would be one thing. But he didn’t. He defended with his hands (resulting in lots of reach-in fouls) and then handed the ball off to Jamal on the other end.

He played well Saturday night. He’s played well several times before. The problem is that he hasn’t been consistent even with the things that you don’t need minutes to do consistently, and young players on playoff teams can’t expect to be gifted minutes just to build their confidence.

All that said, he beasted Saturday night and I hope he keeps it up. We need him to.

**************************

Couldn’t have said it better myself. It’s almost like people think that Teague needed permission or something to play like he played on Sunday. The coach had literally been begging him to play like that since preseason.

Now that he’s shown once again his potential, it’s now time for him to start doing this on a consistent basis. Not putting up those stellar numbers, but putting forth that type of effort. And to me, it shouldn’t matter if he’s a starter or a reserve for him to play like that. But I guess it obviously does matter, because he doesn’t play like that as a reserve.

There have been too many guys in the NBA whom have had great games, only to revert back to their inconsistent selves.

People look at Teague as a potential Rondo, but I’ve always looked at Teague as a Spud Webb type. If he could give us what Spud gave us back in the day ( plus a little more defense ), I’ll be happy with that.

LukeSpencer

March 14th, 2011
1:18 pm

Teague can use his speed to create havoc for opponents the same way that Spud Webb used to do the same thing when Mike Fratello was coaching and Dominique Wilkins was playing during that era. The Hawks would win 50 games each year, they won several divsion titles and were a threat to win the NBA title under Mike Fratello and Hubie Brown. Spud Webb was so fast he was lightning quick. Teague is at least as fast as Spud or maybe faster. TEAGUE SHOULD RUN THE FASTBREAK EACH AND EVERY TIME HE IS IN THE GAME. TEAGUE PUSHES THE BASKETBALL UP SO FAST I THINK HE CAN GET DOWN THE ENTIRE COURT IN ABOUT 2 SECONDS. THIS WOULD LEAVE THE HAWKS OPPONENTS ON THEIR HEELS AND THEN THE GREAT PASSERS CAN GET THE BALL TO THE CUTTERS, JOSH, JAMAL, AND MARVIN and those guys are athletic enough to make easy baskets. I wish the Hawks had discovered their secret weapon (Teague) earlier, but this will give the Hawks a chance to win the remaining games on their schedule and go into the playoffs with a head of steam. The Hawks can now go all the way (win the NBA championship) if Teague continues to push the ball down the throats of the opponents.

northcyde

March 14th, 2011
1:18 pm

On Saturday, not Sunday

Rev in Tampa

March 14th, 2011
1:19 pm

I do like a rotation that puts Hinrich and Teague in the game together with JJ at SF. This is an instant upgrade on our perimeter defense – which has been this team’s achilles’ heel the past two seasons. Furthermore, it puts more pressure on the oppositions defense with the increased quickness.

northcyde

March 14th, 2011
1:21 pm

Looks like Luke and I were thinking the same thing at the same time. But it’s not about the Hawks discovering their “secret weapon”, it’s about Teague realizing that he can play that way and make an impact on a nightly basis.

If he comes out tomorrow night and gets clowned by Brandon Jennings, people ( and the coach ) may doubt him again. So it’s important for the kid to continue to play at a high level. He needs to prove that he can be the consistent difference maker that Spud was.

Dr. Phil

March 14th, 2011
1:24 pm

Another great aspect of Teague playing great basketball is that I think that the ENTIRE TEAM SETTLES DOWN AND PLAYS MORE RELAXED. Most people may not have noticed this, but I think that when Teague is playing that well, he has created such a mismatch for whoevers guarding him, because of his increadible, lightning speed its almost like having Mike Vick quarterbacking the Hawks as a point guard as it were. I know most people hate Mike Vick, but I use his analogy because Teague has unique talents that no one has. Teague is the fastest player in the league. Just like Vick is a dual threat on the grid iron, Teague makes the Hawks much better and Teague is like an undeveloped Rondo completely unharnessed. In a couple of years from now, Teague will become like a Tiny Archibald as Teague becomes more proficient at drilling the jumpshot.

Time

March 14th, 2011
1:29 pm

I’m not sure if there’s a faster on the dribble player in the league than Jeff Teague. Wall maybe. But regardless his speed with the ball in his hands is special. I think starting him with Hinrich at the two is a perfect situation to finally do what should have been done last year, which is work to install him as the full time starting PG. Hinrich can help to take some of the pressure off of him handling the ball sometimes.

I also believe that having Marvin coming off the bench will be a boom to his value. I’ve always believed he has the talent to be a factor. But I think he’s got too much nice guy in him and deferred to Joe, Al, Josh, Crawford and Bibby over the years. Now, coming off the bench he can be told to be more selfish in his game when he’s on the court and look to score rather than to help facilitate as he does now.

Freshfromatl

March 14th, 2011
1:37 pm

MC Tweeted:

#Hawks C @Al_Horford (ankle) says he will play Tues. vs. #Bucks

welikebaseball2

March 14th, 2011
1:39 pm

Kirk can remain the starter (after all, we just gave up essentially 2 1st round picks for him…ugh), just please oh please allow Teague to be THE backup point guard…not Jamal Crawford. I’d push for Teague to start, but considering the price we just overpaid for Kirk, I don’t see L.D. getting away with that.

ICECOLD

March 14th, 2011
1:40 pm

I meant to say a starting center….. and I believe that the hawks still have a plan.

Rick sunds plan in theory…….

Develop Jeff teague

Stay a contender until teague is developed

When he is developed , hire a coach that is a truly good coach that can lead a developed team to a championship

Instead of just getting any center , get a center that actually fits the style of play of the hawks , until then keep saving money by signing center players to vet minimums …..

Let your bench be straight specialist … jamal (scorer) damien ( defender ) Collins ( big big mam ) Marvin ( energy ) ( kirk ) vet leader , defender , and a mentor

This plan is understandable if u break it down like that. Because to me , it looks like either sunds is real smart or real dumb. So I’m hoping real smart…

I mean if u cant get a couple of true super stars and take the easy way out , why not take your time to boulder a team to win a ring or 5 …. because if u haven’t noticed. In the last 10 years.. only 4 teams has won a ring. Even the teams that try to rush and get super stars still don’t have a ring.( except Boston…. but they still had to develop their point guard …

And you know what other team had a plan like this…. Detroit !!!!!

( after they added r Wallace and developed billups, thy won a ring.!!!!

Mr. Phil

March 14th, 2011
1:40 pm

I have been struggling to find the words to express how frustrating it has been watching L.D. coach this team. Let’s just say–let the d@#$ kid play—and leave it at that.

doc

March 14th, 2011
1:48 pm

northcyde:

People look at Teague as a potential Rondo, but I’ve always looked at Teague as a Spud Webb type. If he could give us what Spud gave us back in the day ( plus a little more defense ), I’ll be happy with that.

though i wanted to picture rondo, a name that came to me as i watched it live saturday was if jt0 doesnt have more of the jason terry in him. now why did we let him go and why were people so down on him? go figure.