Atlanta Hawks: What got into Jeff Teague?

Since back in December I believed Teague deserved to play more because of his improved production, the team’s need for his skills, Bibby’s decline and future considerations.

But I’m not going to front and act like I saw this coming.

Teague had some good moments during the season but he’s having his best moments on the biggest stage under challenging circumstances. He’s making the MVP work to get his, which might be expected given his quickness and defensive potential.

But Teague also has been Atlanta’s most consistent offensive player, sometimes showing more poise and better sitational decision-making that his veteran teammates. I mean, he’s got five turnovers in 206 minutes, for crying out loud.

“You saw he has that it in him, you just wondered when that was going to stick around longer,” L.D. said. “What he’s shown in playoffs is that he has arrived. He’s not doing it just against anybody; he’s doing it against maybe the top point guard in this league. I really take my hat off to the fact that he’s doing it like I haven’t seen it done under those circumstances.”

What the heck got into Teague?

To J.J., who said all season that the Hawks just needed to trust in Teague, the difference is simple.

“Just minutes,” he said. “Getting the opportunity.”

To Teague, the difference has not just been playing more; it’s knowing the Hawks need him to play more.

“I would say that’s the difference,” he said. “During the season I didn’t know if I was going to play one game and if I was going to sit the next. Now, knowing that I’m going to get an opportunity to go in every game, I just try to focus and give a good effort.”

That actually makes sense when you look back at the games during the season where Teague knew he was going to play. In those games he was never really bad. Sometimes he was good, other times just OK, but there were few outright dogs among those games.

There was that game at Boston when Joe and Jamal were out, a performance marred only by four turnovers. He was pretty good the next night against Charlotte, too.

The pattern continues: Jamal missed a game at Cleveland and Teague was good in 18 minutes. The Hawks traded Bibby, Teague started four games in a row and was solid in each one–if not always efficient offensively, at least holding his own against some good point guards.

There was, of course, that game against Portland, when L.D. benched Marvin, Teague got the start and changed the game with his burst of steals and scores. Teague started the next two games against Milwaukee and Denver and was pretty good–again, holding his own if not very efficient. Same goes for the final four games of the season, when the starters shut it down and Teague played big minutes.

Mind you, Teague was never as good as he’s been during this series. But clearly he was better when circumstances meant he knew he was going to play. Perhaps that’s not the right mindset for a player with something to prove but apparently that’s the way it is for Teague.

“I think that’s for everybody,” Teague said. “When something is put against you and you know you have to do it, you focus a lot more.”

Thing is, in L.D.’s, view, that was part of the problem.

(Aside: Some of my blog people have been wondering why L.D. hasn’t been “grilled” more about why he didn’t play Teague more during the season. He’s been asked plenty; it’s just that you haven’t liked the answers. Or maybe I’m just taking the wrong approach to this thing. Who wants to roll with me when I put Drew under a bright lamp and we can do good-cop, bad-cop until he breaks down and confesses he just doesn’t like Teague?)

Each time L.D. has been asked why he didn’t play Teague more, he’s said it’s because he didn’t think he was consistent enough. I asked L.D. once again if he had any regrets about not playing Teague more often, especially since Bibby was struggling:

“No. When I took the job I brought him in here and told him I expect him to really come in here and make life tough for Mike Bibby. That’s just being competitive and fighting for a position; that’s not taking nothing away from Mike Bibby, that’s just trying to get a guy you are hoping will be your next point guard and you are hoping will groom himself to do it. That didn’t happen, and the last thing I wanted to do was just to hand it over to him. I wanted him to come in and really show that he has some fire in his belly and not just push Mike—I wanted him to take it. And knowing Mike being the veteran he is, he is going to have his ways to make sure he doesn’t let it go. It was all on Jeff. I could have very easily not said a word to Jeff and see how he responded to it. I wanted him to know to know that I believed in him, I wanted him to know that I expected him to really, really push Mike. I didn’t get the response I was looking for and, again, I wasn’t going to hand it over to him.”

As it turned out, L.D. had no choice but to give Teague the controls in this series. And with the way Teague has responded, there can be no more questions about whether Teague deserves to play point guard for this team.

“He’s been great,” J.J. said. “As long as he continues to work and get better over the summer, sky’s the limit. This will definitely be his team to run.”

Less than three months ago the Hawks made a trade because they weren’t sure about Jeff Teague. It was only two weeks ago that Teague played a bit part against Orlando, though Drew says Teague would have played more against Chicago even if Hinrich hadn’t gone down.

Now Teague has been so good that L.D. said he wasn’t sure what he would do if the Hawks advance and Hinrich is healthy enough to play.

“It gives me options,” he said. “If it’s perceived as now I’ve got a problem [because] I’ve got a young point guard played his tail off and now I’ve got Kirk coming back if we go to the next round, then I would like to have that problem. That’s a very nice problem to have.”

Michael Cunningham, Hawks beat

275 comments Add your comment

leon

May 12th, 2011
12:18 am

skywalker

May 12th, 2011
12:18 am

skywalker

May 12th, 2011
12:18 am

Teague has been playing out of his mind and out of mine…

leon

May 12th, 2011
12:19 am

We the blog people begged the entire regular season for the guy to get some minutes, but I guess LD doesn’t read this blog. I hope he continue to play well.

Earl T.

May 12th, 2011
12:19 am

Rusty

May 12th, 2011
12:23 am

Larry Drew is a lying hateful idiot who thought mb who couldn’t guard my dead mother was consistent. He hurt jt, hurt the hawks ,caused us jc2 & our first round draft choice while costing us games with his stupid decisions & substitutions. He shouldnt be here next year.

Najeh Davenpoop

May 12th, 2011
12:31 am

I guess Marvin can suck all he wants and can still get guaranteed playing time without having to worry about “taking” his job from anyone.

A good leader doesn’t have double standards.

Art Vandelay

May 12th, 2011
12:31 am

Wow, Rusty. Overreact much? Why resort to personal attacks against Drew (who comes across as neither dishonest, hateful nor stupid — unlike yourself) just because you don’t like the way he handled Teague this year? Grow up and try to show just a tiny bit of class.

Dexter

May 12th, 2011
12:33 am

JC2 was the perfect replacement for JC1 next season, we can’t continue to hold these young guys back and give out a dumb excuse for not playing them we have been wasting picks with this approach did the same thing to AC Law, but Jeff Teague has taken the job and there should be no more guessing about this guy hand the team over to him the same way the celtics did with Rondo

Najeh Davenpoop

May 12th, 2011
12:38 am

“Mind you, Teague was never as good as he’s been during this series. But clearly he was better when circumstances meant he knew he was going to play. Perhaps that’s not the right mindset for a player with something to prove but apparently that’s the way it is for Teague.”

But maybe the difference in mindset comes from the difference in responsibilities between his current role and his regular season role. His current role necessarily requires that he play more under control and worry about controlling tempo, leading the team, etc. His regular season role, where he came off the bench in inconsistent spurts, generally required that he come in and speed up the tempo, which naturally lends itself to playing a little more out of control. In other words, I think it’s hard for him to prove his point guard abilities within the confines of what his regular season role required. You mentioned in one of your previous blogs that one of Teague’s supposed “problems” in the regular season was that he would go full speed at all times which occasionally led to turnovers; maybe this was as much a result of what his role required as any lack of readiness on his part.

drmaryb (*_-)

May 12th, 2011
12:39 am

PJ Brown!

That was the player I couldn’t think of FTPB. He was on the celtics
2007 – 2008 Roster. Born 1969 Louisiana Tech University.

He is the type of player the hawks need. No more rookies please.
We need some role players/vets now.

We got our PG for the next 10 years now. Get that SF and some post/perimeter defenders/specialist.

aye Sund! Round out your roster. DE FENSE first – period.

truthspitter

May 12th, 2011
12:44 am

“I think that’s for everybody,” Teague said. “When something is put against you and you know you have to do it, you focus a lot more.”

Very intelligent remark by young Teague. When the doctor calls you in and give you a diagnosis that you would rather not here. You have two choices deal with it as a man and get whatever you have to get done or whine and cry and die.

(Aside: Some of my blog people have been wondering why L.D. hasn’t been “grilled” more about why he didn’t play Teague more during the season. He’s been asked plenty; it’s just that you haven’t liked the answers. Or maybe I’m just taking the wrong approach to this thing. Who wants to roll with me when I put Drew under a bright lamp and we can do good-cop, bad-cop until he breaks down and confesses he just doesn’t like Teague?)

I’m with you and I am bad cop

Najeh Davenpoop

May 12th, 2011
12:45 am

FTPB

“Although I disagree because even if jamal has missed a couple of shots the defense still respects him and will account for him the entire time hes on the floor . So while you and some other may think hes a liability because he hasnt made every shot Im quite sure the Bulls dont see him as a liability hence the double teaming and trying to get the ball out of his hands .”

I don’t think he’s a liability all the time. He is of course always a defensive liability, but when he’s hitting his shots he usually at least neutralizes his poor defense. The problem is that his shot making ability is the only positive thing he consistently brings to the table. When the shots are not falling, he disrupts the ball movement (particularly when he’s playing out of position at point guard), causes the team to go into iso mode, and his defensive deficiencies stand out even more.

Like vava74 frequently says, though, the problem lies more in how he’s used. He is what he is; it’s LD’s job to understand what he can and can’t do and put him in a position where his positive contributions to the team are maximized. And this is done best when he is playing off the ball and his playing time doesn’t come at the expense of someone like Teague when his shot is not falling.

matt jones

May 12th, 2011
12:46 am

Larry Drew’s problem is his obsession with offense. JT was not giving the offensive numbers LD craves. LD blew the game 5 because of this obsession. He continued to let JC play although it was obvious to everyone that Chicago was able to score with him in the game. JC gave us nothing but Drew kept him in because he might make some shots. He inserts MW for the same reason because he can make a jump shot occasionally. He caused us to lose JC2 and a 1st round pick because of his refusal to let JT play and make mistakes like JJ,JC JS.
Larry -Offense wins the crowds, Defense wins games, Rebounds wins rings.
Fire LD and get an experienced coach who knows that Defense is the key to winning not offense.

Rusty

May 12th, 2011
12:51 am

Do you bloggers really think that ld ever gave jt an honest chance. We had a team that didn’t have a true pg but a team that was dominated by an iso player who looked for his shots first, this created a situation that was doomed to failure. Any improvement in our offense has come about because we have a real pg not anything that ld has done. He is still hurting us with his dumb decisions but I guess there are a lot of bloggers who dont want to face the truth.

Mel

May 12th, 2011
1:02 am

Wow, I am not going to say that Drew is not a good coach, I will just say that he may have been a lil scared and too loyal to just give Jeff the job because of all the money that Bibby was making. I will say though that this organization is not very good at coaching up talent. Sometimes you have pull what you want out of players. Tell them or show them or assign a coach to a particular player to home in on the skills that they need to develope during the offseason, and u can be afraid to put a player on the bench if he is not executing your offensive or defensive set right just cause you are affraid that you will hurt their feelings. Bottom line Marvin is not a better defensive player than Wilkins so he should match up wilkens on Dang as much as possible, but he won’t do it and it’s a shame. Cause if he did we would have won this series by now, or at least be up.

I guess what I am saying is we don’t play to our strengths enough, and that my friend is bad coaching

Rusty

May 12th, 2011
1:02 am

Hey art I guess that you accept ld style,well best to you & to our hawks.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

May 12th, 2011
1:05 am

Truthspitter – we can alternate as bad cop – I’m in LOL.

Dumb approach LD – it costed us some winnable games and better playoff seeding. Veteran pacifists are never good change agents and Drew was hired to be an agent of CHANGE for theis franchise (I suppose, who knows with the ASG.)
HMMM. Drew is similar to President Obama, ‘Change We Cannot Believe In.’ This is because status quo (Bibby, Williams starting) remains after all the big talk before the season. Fate allowed Hinrich to pull up lame and Lame Duck had to be forced to change. While he is young and may learn from this, he is a still stubborn coach who still gives out entitlement minutes like lobbyist have a secure spot in the White House.

truthspitter

May 12th, 2011
1:09 am

Our offseason outlook:

Best contracts

1 Teague
2 Josh
3 Zaza
4 Al
5 Damien

Worse Contracts

1 Marvin
2 Possibility of re-signing Jamal
3 Kirk
4 Joe

Teague not only arguably has the best upside of any Hawk but he also has the best contract. If anyone deserves or deserved more leadway and stroking of his confidence it was and is Teague. Also, you don’t go around looking to trade your best contracts. I think Marvin, Joe, and Kirk should be traded this summer if possible.

dawgforlife

May 12th, 2011
1:11 am

LD’s weakness as a coach was perfectly illustrated in game 5. Teague almost single handedly brings the back from 15 down to take a lead, and immediately its time to start running iso plays for the cancer of the team jj…and for the diabetes of the team js to start hoisting up 20-25 footers. The movement and speed jt brought Chicago had no answer for; but, the 1 on 4 never pass out of it iso play Chicago could defend that with a player to spare. When we took the ball out of Teague’s hands…note, we took it out the Bulls didn’t…when we took it out, it cost us the game. Note to ld, if you want to win, run the entire offense through jt and don’t care how much of a baby jj and js become about it.

Little Fawkers

May 12th, 2011
1:15 am

Would love to see Doc Rivers coaching Hawks in the future (with no Josh Smith).

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

May 12th, 2011
1:16 am

dawgforlife – right on to the real

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truthspitter

May 12th, 2011
1:19 am

Fire LD

Let Sund Walk

Sale team ASG= You guys make us feel like we are living in poverty for a NBA team.

Keep

Teague
Josh
Al
Zaza
Re-sign Damien and Jason Collins as your only 2 minimum level vets

Sign and trade Jamal
Trade Kirk
Trade Marvin
Trade Joe

James

May 12th, 2011
1:26 am

Flat-out, LD was a punk for keeping Teague on the bench for so long. We have a serious leadership problem in America, with people running things who are scared to be creative and just follow the “old guard”. And we pay these dudes. Really makes me sick, seeing someone’s career almost stifled like that, needing someone else’s injury to get a damn chance.

Throw LD out for what Teague has shown this series.

Sleepy

May 12th, 2011
1:27 am

Najeh at this point I honestly believe some of you would rather lose this sires as long as Teague gets his points. At this point jamal is just a convenient scapegoat .Hes now being blamed for the iso joe ?

James

May 12th, 2011
1:29 am

“I wanted him to take it.”

Who the HELLZ does LD think he is playing these stupid-ass mind games, Phil Jackson? Man, you are a rookie coach with nothing proven, your job is to play the players that give your team the best chance to win. You failed at that. You need to fail at getting a paycheck next year.

drmaryb (*_-)

May 12th, 2011
1:31 am

TruthSpitter!

What’s up man? Uggh … put them sticks and seeds down man, you need to upgrade your supplier, bruh.

-smile & wink-

Mel

May 12th, 2011
1:35 am

I will say, that I Am very happy for Jeff, I thought he was very good at Wake, and I am very much so looking forward to his develoment over the years to come. I really dont see much difference in the skill set between he an Rose, I feel asthough experience is the only thing separating the two as far as scoreing is concerned. I do believe Jeff is and will be a defensive stopper that will get better with time, and that is what will separate him from the other PGs of the league. I really feel like Jeff will end up being a beast and a half

Hawk Str8Talk

May 12th, 2011
1:38 am

MC, you know I’ll go into the room with you to talk to Larry Drew about this topic. I was saying he should have been starting LAST season. I understand that he wanted him to ‘take’ the position, but I want to know if anyone can lose their spot. Obviously, Marvin did…when Jamal slumped, he still got chances. When Bibby was sucking, he didn’t lose his spot. So, we lose a draft pick and JC1’s replacement because he couldn’t just suck it up and say – look..option 1 didn’t work (take the job) so let’s try option 2. Like that would have been so terrible for this franchise. Particularly since he has been our best perimeter defender since he was drafted. I’ve always wondered why he couldn’t at a minimum be a defensive stopper for this team. So, trust me – kudos to MC for asking the question…I guess I’m just wondering if you were asking MY particular question, which is whether or not he understands why we think there is a double standard and whether or not a player can lose his position.

LD doesn’t understand the psychology of a young point guard if he thought that he was ever going to be able to take the position when every opportunity that was good isn’t rewarded and some trust being given. Is that the same excuse he’s giving for Zaza and that’s that Zaza wasn’t taking his position as the backup center and energy guy. Zaza gets you to the 4th quarter with a lead and then he sits and watches Jamal do absolutely nothing. Bottom line, we don’t like the answer LD’s giving because we don’t think it’s honest, not because we don’t think you’re asking about it MC.

EmirS.

May 12th, 2011
1:46 am

Since LD believes that Teague had to ‘take” Bibby’s job…he should make it where Kirk has to “take” Teague’s job now. Even tho in reality, from this point on Kirk needs to be coming off the bench.

And yea Najeh pointed out that Marvin, who has NO game at all and has barely done anything, gets to start. How wonderful is that? I’d rather start Damien over him. Since Marvin has proven to be a scorer off the bench, our bench lineup should be:

C – Zaza
PF – Josh
SF – Marvin
SG – Jamal
PG – Kirk

You’ve just compiled somewhat of an efficent and producitve offense and defense.

Starters:

C – Collins
PF – Horford
SF – Damien
SG – Joe
PG – Teague

I understand this is daydreaming, but if you look at it closer…the only spot your really weak at is the PF. Defense wise. Ofcourse Joshwould never come off the bench and LD would’nt have the balls to start him on the bench.

Also notice that the starting lineup is’nt a “highlight factory’ type of lineup…but a VERY productive one. Our bench would be the explosive one. Which is exactly what you need from a bench.

*continues daydreaming*

Hawks fan down under

May 12th, 2011
1:47 am

What LD says is really dumb. He wants JT to take MB’s job but when he actually plays, and plays well, he still benches him. What exactly are the parameters for LD to take a job?

And the whole Marvin starting is a HUGE double standard. This guy has earnt nothing yet got major minutes. At least now LD doesnt play Marvin a lot unless he earns it.

It’s really amazing that the Hawks are playing so well and that outsiders like Steve Kerr etc think Drew is doing a good job. Imagine if we had a good coach who didnt trade away JC2 and a 1st round pick and played young players and made good substitutions and disciplined errant players etc etc etc

LD will stay over summer unless the ASG decide to actually try and win a ring. Cant see that happening though.

Rev in Tampa

May 12th, 2011
1:55 am

“You mentioned in one of your previous blogs that one of Teague’s supposed “problems” in the regular season was that he would go full speed at all times which occasionally led to turnovers; maybe this was as much a result of what his role required as any lack of readiness on his part.”

Teague also played with the second unit most of the time during the regular season. Although Zaza has stepped it up in the playoffs, he, marvin, and powell did not handle many catchable passes.

drmaryb (*_-)

May 12th, 2011
1:57 am

Go Teague Go!

Jeff is my new favorite Hawk. I haven’t been this perked up since Mookie
played here. He lead the league in steals every year.

Mookie had a horrible 3 point range, but that didn’t stop him from slinging them up there like John Starks. His shot was streaky as hell.
But they always went in when the game was on the line.

Steve Smith called them Mookie – Daggers!

Mookie, like Jeff did to Rose, would always steal the ball off the inbound plays, when there was 15 seconds left in the game and run it the full lenght of the court and just lay it in with 0 seconds left on the game clock.

It was like a “walk off” home run! He did that all the time!
When Jeff stole the ball from Rose, he was clearly fouled.
Mookie did this it seems like every single game.

As Jeff gets better on defense, he will dig out the ball from the centers and PG’s alike. If he leads the league in steals? He will become elite overnight. His offense is fine, because he has the in between range, floater and penetrating dunks and lay ups. We set – folks!
Ain’t ‘nomo PG issues here, move along now.

The Truth

May 12th, 2011
2:03 am

“I wanted him to know that I expected him to really, really push Mike. I didn’t get the response I was looking for and, again, I wasn’t going to hand it over to him.”

What did LD mean? He didn’t get the response he was looking for. He wanted Teague to leap tall building with a single bounce. Perhaps LD was looking for a Superman in Teague, instead, he’s discovering that he’s more like Batman (still a super hero but different than he expected). LD will never concede, that he made a mistake and just didn’t understand Teague’s game until now. The more he tries to explain Teague’s maturation in hindsight, the phonier he sounds. During the regular season, this team had bigger issues, none of which was Jeff Teague’s fault. Teague often got lost in the rotation. During those times, LD treated Teague like a fly on the wall. The kid just needed a vote of confidence from his coach, that’s all. When he had no choice but to play him, his attitude about him flip-flopped; just like a two-dollar politician.

It would be wise for LD to avoid discussing this topic any further then maybe (over time) Hawksville will bury the hatchet. But dispute LD flaws and to his credit whether he deserves it or not, the Hawks are playing in the postseason and in playoff territory they haven’t seen in a very long time.

I would much rather talk about the Hawks upcoming (must-win) Game 6 than to dwell on LD past mistakes. This will only expose his shortcomings during a time when the national spotlight is on the Hawks. There is a time and place for everything; frankly MC now is not the time to open these skeletons.

Michael Cunningham

May 12th, 2011
2:04 am

@Najeh: “But maybe the difference in mindset comes from the difference in responsibilities between his current role and his regular season role. His current role necessarily requires that he play more under control and worry about controlling tempo, leading the team, etc. His regular season role, where he came off the bench in inconsistent spurts, generally required that he come in and speed up the tempo, which naturally lends itself to playing a little more out of control. In other words, I think it’s hard for him to prove his point guard abilities within the confines of what his regular season role required. You mentioned in one of your previous blogs that one of Teague’s supposed “problems” in the regular season was that he would go full speed at all times which occasionally led to turnovers; maybe this was as much a result of what his role required as any lack of readiness on his part.”

this was also a problem in some games that he started, though less so as he gained experience. you cast doubt here on whether this was actually a problem but then seem to say it was a problem but not through any fault of Teague. in my view, any analysis of Teague’s role this season, even one that is critical of L.D., should include the acknowledgement that Teague’s passivity played a part in how it played out.

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

May 12th, 2011
2:15 am

Hawks fan down under

a cosign from the big easy

Miles D

May 12th, 2011
2:26 am

THE THING IS WHY DOESN’T LD TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS AND SIT JJ, JOSH, AND MARV WHEN THEY DON’T PRODUCE OR ARE “NOT CONSISTENT ENOUGH” TO WARRANT PT! HE NEEDS TO SHOW MORE LEADERSHIP HIMSELF, BEING WE HAVE SUCH A YOUNG TEAM WITH GUYS THAT DON’T KNOW QUITE HOW TO BE LEADERS(AND SOME WHO ARE NOT INTERESTED)! AND IT WASN’T TEAGUE WAS PASSIVE AS TO WHY HE WASN’T GETTING PT! IT’S LD ACTIN LIKE WOODY AND PULLING TEAGUE EVERY TIME HE MAKES MISTAKES, BUT FAVORING VETS A LITTLE TO MUCH! ESPECIALLY, WHEN THEY’RE NOT GETTIN IT DONE! THAT BEING SAID I’VE ALWAYS HAD FAITH IN TEAGUE AND KNOWN HE WAS THE FUTURE! BUT DOES THE HAWKS, LD, AND MANAGEMENT BELIEVE? THAT IS STILL TBD IN MY OPINION! LET’S GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mykhalc

May 12th, 2011
2:42 am

so Marvin bitches about not startin’ and that shows LD what exactly??? yet LD says Marvin is a pro’s pro who is probably not gettin’ the minutes he deserves!!! again, all ’cause he’s bitchin’ about not startin’!!!??? WTF!!! Teague you just shoulda bitched about it!!! SMDH only thing i know…Marvin’s bitchin’ must be bad-ass and waaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy greater than his bball skills to keep earnin’ him start considerations!!! again SMDH with a WTF look on my face!!!

mykhalc

May 12th, 2011
2:46 am

aaaahhhhh…i just figured it out…MARVIN IS A JEDI MIND MASTER!!!!!

mykhalc

May 12th, 2011
2:51 am

Marvin’s butt conceals YODA!!!!

truthspitter

May 12th, 2011
2:54 am

Michael Cunningham

May 12th, 2011
2:04 am

in my view, any analysis of Teague’s role this season, even one that is critical of L.D., should include the acknowledgement that Teague’s passivity played a part in how it played out.

Are you serious? I think any analysis of Teague this year has to take into account that if he were starting most games this season he would not be playing most of his minutes with a guy like Jamal. He also would be getting played off of like they do Rondo on nights when Joe is killing teams and that would have gotten him going easier by giving him more openings. I also think that you have to take into context how he would have helped Josh. Teams play Teague a lot like the play Josh and Teague goes to the rack instead of jacking jumpers most of the time. So, maybe instead of just beating a dead horse about Josh and jumpers you should have been playing the 1 guy on the team that could have led him by example.

Lets be honest here. There are so many ways that Teague could have helped this team during the season that it leads me to the conclusion that LD made this he against Teague. I also think people in the front office like Nique did not helped because boy he acted like Teague gave him diabetes sometimes

odogg32

May 12th, 2011
3:00 am

LD screwed up the entire year not playing Jeff. It got Woodson fired because he stayed with Bibby.
Excuses, excuses, excuses…

Gilk

May 12th, 2011
3:15 am

No matter what happens from this point forward, Hawks have found their point guard. Once lockout elapses and new CBA signed, Hawks should consider:

1. Sign and trade Jamal for another valuable piece that can play D

2. Hire a defensive-minded lead assistant for Drew, similar to when BOS hired Thibodeau to assist Doc with implementing lockdown D

3. Hinrich & Marvin contracts can’t be traded, so groom these guys as top bench players

4. If at all possible, sign a free agent defensive center such as Tyson Chandler

Starting 5 would be:

PG Teague
SG Joe
SF Josh
PF Al
C Chandler

Go HAWKS!

bjrufino

May 12th, 2011
3:27 am

jeff teague is future point guard of the hawks, I’m looking forward into it

Hawks Fan In New Orleans

May 12th, 2011
3:38 am

mykhalc,

Marvin is more like a SITH LORD – he deceive Billy Knight into drafting him at #2 and he has been ruling the SF spot with an iron fist ever since.

Columbus

May 12th, 2011
3:47 am

Drew wanted Teague to take the job. I get that. But….every player is different and you cannot be closed-minded. As a coach you have to figure that out about each player, what they respond to, what brings out there best. How many years would Teague have sat on the bench in the same situation if there was not an injury? And the whole time all that was needed was a different appraoch by the coach. Drew better learn from this. Why not during the season for a week or 2 let teague know he will be starting. That he is getting his shot? Especially before trading for another guard? That approach did cost us draft picks. It better not happen again. Open your mind to the possibilities coach…be like a Phil Jackson, not a Woodson. Do not be hard-headed and stubborn. In all sports for a century, you NEVER really know what a guy can do until you give him a shot. Practice is NOT the same as a game. The game brings out the best and it SHOULD. You dont know until you try and it appears that by this philosophy, that you were not going to try anything different. Got to adapt Drew, got to try EVERYTHING.

Now can the Hawks play 2 GREAT games in a row to make it to the finals? WIll they play hard and all out and physical INCLUDING against Rose? Will they box out and match them in rebounds? Will they move the ball and take great shots 90% of the time? Will they have good shooting nights from Joe and Jamal? It’s time. It is time to put together the best 2 games and efforts of the entire year and for someone to step up and lead this team and stop supporting Josh for shooting crap! Enabling him is what his teammates are doing. Support your fans instead of your teammate and tell him he is sucking right noe and to put it away until next year. We need him inside, inside, inside. He admitted he is listenign to his teammates and not his COACH! Drew keeps saying go inside, stay in the paint. he keeps saying my teammates have my back and support me. Your teammates have no balls but I do and we fans pay your salary….PUT THE JUMP SHOT IN THE LOCKER UNTIL NEXT YEAR SO WE HAVE A BETTER CHANCE TO WIN THIS THING!

2 GAMES. 2 games but only tonight matters. A one game series tonight at home. Hawks fans be LOUD from the beginning. Screw the team, this is for US DAMN IT!

mykhalc

May 12th, 2011
3:53 am

@Hawks Fan in NO…yep…you’re right….that’d be the more accurate character….

Columbus

May 12th, 2011
4:01 am

Don’t be a Woodson LD. Try everything. Do not be stuck in your ways. See where that got us? Traded for a point guard we did not need and lost picks. Hopefully we can get those back by trading someone else so we can get a LEADER. A center would be nice.

I think we might be better playing ZaZA from the start. He gets the team fired up and fired up early is GOOD and he can score. We need ALL of both that we can get right NOW.

Joe

Josh

Al

Jeff

Zaza

Jamal, Marvin, Collins off the bench

I think Marvin and Jamal DEFINATELY off the bench

Mac-Town #maconchevyrider

May 12th, 2011
4:27 am

What got into Jeff Teague?

“Just minutes,” he said. “Getting the opportunity.”

- Joe Johnson

The End.