The Milwaukee Bucks made an offer to Jeff Teague in the offseason, but it wasn’t enough to pry the young point guard from the Atlanta Hawks. GM Danny Ferry decided to match the fairly low offer, and Teague returned to Atlanta. Last night, he made sure to prove a point to the team that didn’t dish out the cash for his services.
Teague went off against the Bucks. He scored an impressive 22 points and dished out eight assists to help the Hawks capture a 102-97 win in front of the home crowd at Philips Arena. Surprisingly, Atlanta trailed for most of the game, but when the time came to turn up the intensity, Teague and his teammates answered. The Hawks’ offense started rolling in the fourth quarter as they put up a remarkable 34 points to put the game out of reach for Milwaukee.
The Bucks fought till the very end and tried to make a late push in order to get a rare victory, but it wasn’t enough overcome Atlanta. Teague erased any hopes of a Milwaukee win when he threw down a monster jam late in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. He then turned to the Bucks bench and yelled at the top of his lungs to make a statement. He wanted everyone in Milwaukee, from the ownership to the fans, to know what kind of player they could have had if he were on their team.
Teague is having quite the season with the Hawks this year. In his first season under new coach Mike Budenholzer, he is averaging a career-high 16.1 points and still manages to dish out seven assists per game as well. These numbers were a lot higher earlier in the season, too. When Teague played with his sidekick Al Horford, the two really evolved into a dynamic duo. In Budenholzer’s system both of them used the pick-and-roll to their advantage to become lethal offensive weapons.
With Horford gone, Teague saw a dip in his numbers, but I’m sure Milwaukee would still love to have him. The Bucks are one of the worst teams in the NBA, and if they had Teague leading the offense the results could have been different. The young point guard has been on or guided every Atlanta team since he’s been here to the playoffs, which proves he’s difference maker as the floor general. Milwaukee, you missed your chance to get him, and the Hawks couldn’t be happier.