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Jeff Teague is Atlanta's x-factor in the playoffs.
Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks don’t have a chance at contending for a title, but they can upset someone in the first round. If Teague can bring his A-game, consistently, then the Hawks will have three scoring options in Teague, Joe Johnson and Josh Smith.
Teague has taken a major step in his third season. Most of this has come due to regular playing time and becoming the Hawks starting point guard. He has more than doubled his scoring average and assists per game bringing them up to 12.4and 4.9, respectively.
Teague’s biggest drawback is his inconsistency.
He has scored 20 or more points in 9 games during the regular season, but he has also scored five points or less 9 times. Since Teague doesn’t get a lot of assists, when he doesn’t score it really bogs down the Hawks offense.
The Hawks can win a first round series if Teague can put together three or four good games. If he doesn’t they will likely lose in the first round for the first time since the 07-08 season, when they lost to the eventual champion Boston Celtics.