Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks: A
Jeff Teague is rapidly developing into one of the better point guards in the NBA. From his ability to play the angles when attacking the basket to his explosive athleticism on defense, Teague is what every team's fanbase is claiming they possess.
A player on the rise to elite.
Against the Indiana Pacers' vaunted defense, Teague put those abilities on display by attacking the basket with poise and timing. He consistently came off of screens, paused while his defender committed and then pushed in the opposite direction.
That's the sign of a mentally developed point guard.
While Teague's playmaking opportunities were limited by Josh Smith's on-ball offensive style, his efficiency was not. Teague dropped in jump shots, finished around the basket and made plays defensively all day long.
In 37 minutes, Teague finished with 21 points, seven assists, one rebound and a steal, with 7-of-14 shooting from the floor and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.
George Hill, Indiana Pacers: A+
There's something about the NBA playoffs that brings the best out of George Hill. For the second consecutive season, Hill put on a brilliant performance to help will his team to a victory.
No matter where he was shooting from, Hill found a way to make it fall.
While Paul George managed to come up with a triple-double, you could make the case that Hill was the key to this victory. While the rest of the team shot rather inconsistently, Hill stepped up with huge three-pointers and an efficient scoring night.
Going for 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc is a sign of that scoring brilliance.
While Hill's defense on Jeff Teague wasn't as efficient, he matched Teague at every turn offensively. That's all you can ask of Hill, as the Pacers offense relied heavily upon free-throw shooting Sunday.
Without Hill's shooting, you're looking at a Game 1 loss for Indiana.