Fourth year point guard Jeff Teague put together the best season of his career for the Atlanta Hawks this year. But so far in the playoffs, Teague hasn’t enjoyed the same success. With the Hawks down three games to two to the Indiana Pacers, Teague will need to close out the series with two big performances if the Hawks are to advance.
Teague averaged 14.6 points and 7.2 assists while shooting .451 from the field. But so far in the playoffs, Teague’s scoring average is still 14 points but his assists are down to 5.6 and his shooting percentage is below .400, .348 to be exact.
The point guard match up in this series against George Hill is one that Teague has the skills to win, but to this point Hill has outplayed Teague. The Hawks have been hammered on the glass by the Pacers and that trend won’t change due to the Hawks’ lack of size, but if Atlanta took control of the perimeter they can counter Indiana’s strength in the post.
Teague isn’t the only Hawks perimeter player that has struggled. Devin Harris has been just as bad, if not worse. Harris is only scoring 10.8 points on .367 from the field, combining with Teague to make the Hawks starting back court a major liability through the first five games of the series.
Atlanta neglected to offer Teague a contract extension last summer, making his a restricted free agent after the season. If Teague doesn’t step up in what could be the Hawks last game of the season, he may find himself on a different roster with a contract less than his market value, and it would be no one’s fault but his own.