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Atlanta Hawks Will Need Great Game From Jeff Teague To Beat Phoenix Suns

Jeff Teague

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The Atlanta Hawks travel to face the Phoenix Suns in the second game of their six game road trip in what should be a high-scoring affair tonight. The Hawks are struggling to even field a healthy team at the moment, as Paul Millsap and four others continue to sit out with injuries, but this doesn’t mean they can’t get the job done on the road against Phoenix.

With Jeff Teague at the helm leading the offense, Atlanta always has a chance to win games, despite all of the injuries. In the last three games, the Hawks only managed to win one, but in the other two contests, they competed to the very end and almost came out victorious on both occasions with Teague on the floor. With so many players unavailable to play, he’s taken his offensive game to the next level in order to try and guide Atlanta to a win every time he takes the court.

Over the last three games, Teague is averaging 26.6 points per game, which is way higher than his 16.1 scoring average on the season. What’s even more impressive is that he’s also shooting a remarkable 54 percent from the field during this stretch. However, if Atlanta wants to walk out of Phoenix with a win tonight, it’ll be up to the point guard once again to lead the charge offensively. He has to be up to the task, because if not, the Hawks could be in for a nightmare.

Teague goes up against Goran Dragic and in order to beat Phoenix away from home, he’s going to have to match the point production of the red-hot Suns’ point guard. Dragic is coming off a career-high 40-point performance against the New Orleans Pelicans and stopping him won’t be easy for a depleted Atlanta roster. Without the threat of a shot-blocker down low, Dragic should have no trouble getting into the lane and might be in for a big night.

Hopefully he doesn’t go for 40 points again, because if this is the case, Atlanta has no chance. However, if the Hawks can just contain Dragic and hold him to around 20 to 25 points, this should give them the best chance at walking out of Phoenix with a huge road victory.

Andrew Shaw is an Atlanta Hawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AShaw003, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.