The Atlanta Hawks have already clinched a berth in the NBA Playoffs as many people would expect them to do. With really good players like Jeff Teague, Al Horford and Josh Smith leading the way, they are once again hovering around the four and five-seeds in the Eastern Conference. However, Teague’s performance in the middle of the season really propelled them to that spot.
In the month of February, Teague played in all 11 of the Hawks’ games and challenged Horford for the title of best player on the team for the month. In those games Teague averaged 18.3 points, 9.3 assists, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from three. He was absolutely dominating with his efficient scoring and facilitating the offense for his teammates.
Teague was absolutely dominant for that shortened month and it looked like the Hawks could possibly be a team that could win a series or two in the postseason. However, Teague has trailed off since then, coming back to Earth with his performance in the month of March.
He played in 17 of Atlanta’s 18 games in March, but was nowhere near as effective as he was in February. Over those 17 games Teague averaged just 15.2 points, 5.7 assists, two rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. The biggest decline was in his efficiency, as he shot just 43.1 percent from the floor and 32.7 percent from long range in March.
The Hawks are still locked in to the postseason, but the idea of them possibly winning a series or two seems less likely with Teague playing the way he did in March. If they want to shed this reputation of a quality team that can’t win in the playoffs, Teague is going to have to play like a perennial All-Star, like he did in February. If that doesn’t happen, it will probably be another early exit for the Hawks.